I argue that the Christian Neo-conservatives (like many before them, including the Medieval crusaders) read the bible mythologically, and thus uproot the the bible from its traditional moral, theological, historical, and grammatical anchors in service to a specific eschatological vision. This shift is rhetorical in nature in that those receiving the biblical text now are not the same as those who originally received it, nor are they the same as the scholars, theologians, and historians who have been careful to read the text with integrity. The shift in audience is a shift in interpretive communities and thus a shift in text. For, as Stanley Fish has argued, interpretive strategies precede the text, thereby “making them rather than, as it is usually assumed, arising from them” (218). The resultant text is a valorized version that legitimizes very real political and military action.
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"The Sate of Israel, Mythology, and the Valorized Bible,"
Conversations: A Graduate Student Journal of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology: Vol. 1
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