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Genesis och Jernet: ett möte mellan Sara Lidmans Jernbaneepos och bibelns berättelser
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, Old Testament Exegesis. (Gamla testamentets exegetik)
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this dissertation is intertextuality between the Hebrew Bible and a piece of twentieth century Swedish fiction. The main purpose is to create analytical tools and to find a way to deal with fragmentary intertextuality between bible and literature. The material dealt with is a modern suite of novels, Jernbarneeposet (“The Railroad Epic”) by Sara Lidman, on the one hand, and the stories about Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in Genesis 16 and 21 on the other.

I suggest a model for analyzing fragmentary references, arguing that the process of interpretation becomes more transparent, and thus more open to critical discussion, if the interpreter deals with each separate reference on three levels – “marker”, “means” and “effect”. It is assumed that the reader of fragmentary intertextuality becomes engaged in a number of small hermeneutical operations. The purpose of systematization is to organize and articulate each step in such an operation.

The second half of the dissertation takes its point of departure from an observation that the failure to interpret the significance of the personal relationships indicated in several Genesis stories is common to both traditional and postmodern biblical scholarship. Therefore, I investigate the possibility of using modern literary fiction as a tool in interpreting the emotional aspects of the Abraham, Sarah and Hagar stories. I propose that it is possible to make use of modern literary works in biblical scholarship, not as commentaries, but as inspiration. The question discussed is: How then, can this inspiration be integrated in serious biblical scholarship?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hedemora: Gidlund , 2006. , 352 p.
Keyword [en]
Biblical studies, intertextuality, Genesis, the bible and literature, Bakhtin, reader
Keyword [sv]
Bibelvetenskap/exegetik, intertextualitet, Sara Lidman, Jernbaneeposet, bibelvetenskap, hermeneutik, bibel och skönlitteratur, läsare, Genesis, Bakhtin, läsarorientering
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-7440ISBN: 91-7844-727-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-7440DiVA: diva2:169540
Public defence
2007-01-19, IX, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2006-12-21 Created: 2006-12-21 Last updated: 2011-03-04Bibliographically approved

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