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Interpreting the Bible through the Visual Arts

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Abstract:

This article considers the visual dimensions associated with biblical interpretation. It begins by accentuating the role of the artist as an active reader of the Bible and not merely as an illustrator of biblical scenes and highlights the approach of H.-G. Gadamer in appreciating the part played by the viewer, as well as the artist, in the visual hermeneutical process. The methodological considerations of Gadamer are then illustrated with reference to a range of visual interpretations of the biblical story of the deception of Isaac and the blessing of Jacob (Genesis 27), one of the most psychologically charged episodes in the entire Hebrew Bible.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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  • Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel is a new, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing primarily on the biblical texts in their ancient historical contexts, but also on the history of Israel in its own right. Each issue has a topical focus. The primary language is English, but articles may also be published in German and French. A specific goal of the new journal is to foster discussion among different academic cultures within a larger international context pertaining to the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel in the first millennium B. C. E.
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