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Review of A.R. Angel, Chaos and the Son of Man

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A Response to G. Aichelle, P. Miscall and R. Walsh, “An Elephant in the Room: Historical-Critical and the Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible” 1 The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures ISSN 1203–1542 http://www.jhsonline.org and http://purl.org/jhs Articles in JHS are being indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, RAMBI, and BiBIL. Their abstracts appear in Reli- gious and Theological Abstracts. The journal is archived by Library and Archives Canada and is accessible for consultation and research at the Electronic Collection site maintained by Library and Archives Canada (for a direct link, click here). VOLUME 9, ARTICLE 26 JOHN VAN SETERS, A RESPONSE TO G. AICHELLE, P. MISCALL AND R. WALSH, “AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: HISTORICAL-CRITICAL AND THE POSTMODERN INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BIBLE” 2 JOURNAL OF HEBREW SCRIPTURES A RESPONSE TO G. AICHELLE, P. MISCALL AND R. WALSH, “AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: HISTORICAL-CRITICAL AND POSTMODERN INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BIBLE” JOHN VAN SETERS PART I – MISREPRESENTATIONS HINDER DIALOGUE In a recent article by G. Aichele, P. Miscall and R. Walsh, “An Elephant in the Room: Historical-Critical and Postmodern Inter- pretations of the Bible” (JBL 128 [2009], pp. 383–404), the authors decried the lack of dialogue between those who practice historical criticism and the postmodernists, and they proposed, as postmo- dernists, to initiate a discussion. As a scholar who practices histori- cal criticism for many years, I would like to respond to their invita- tion, by means of this personal rejoinder. First, I would like to note that the authors are confident in as- suming that the designation “historical criticism” is largely self- explanatory, while defining what exactly the term postmodernism entails is much more difficult. They suggest that a postmodernist is one who has moved beyond the rigors and limitations of modern historicism. According to them, postmodernism prides

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