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Canonical Exegesis 8th Psalm (JTISup 9) YHWH's Maintenance of the Created Order through Divine Reversal

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Since Brevard Childs first introduced it as a ?fresh approach? in the late 1960s, canonical exegesis has grown into a widely discussed and developed programâ€"virtually a ?school? of biblical interpretationâ€"with many scholars carrying forward an approach to theological exegesis that emphasizes the role of canon as the central context for interpretation of the Christian Scriptures. In this study, Keener takes a twofold approach: (1) he demonstrates that a canonical exegesis is tenable if the task is approached with clarity regarding its core theological foundation; and (2) he applies the approach to the interpretation of the often thorny questions surrounding the understanding of Psalm 8. This is useful in that Psalm 8 touches upon several questions germane to the successful implementation of canonical exegesis due to the many intertextual connections it shares with the rest of the Bible. Keener concludes that Psalm 8 in the Old Testament represents the intersection of two trajectories: (1) the reversal motif in which YHWH maintains the created order through the exaltation of the weak and the humble; and (2) the motif of the conflicted and conflicting human, in which humans are shown as beset by trials, often failing and even occupying the role of the enemies of YHWH. A third trajectory becomes visible in the context of the New Testament, that of the redeeming Christ; this third trajectory intersects with the two Old Testament trajectories and makes possible the redemption of conflicted humanity, giving the ultimate answer to the psalmist's question, ?What is the human??. Bookseller Inventory # KEECANONI

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Since Brevard S. Childs first introduced it as a â??fresh approachâ? in the late 1960s, canonical exegesis has grown into a widely discussed and developed programâ?"virtually a â??schoolâ? of biblical interpretationâ?"as Childs has fleshed out his own thought in greater detail and many scholars have continued to carry his work forward. The approach emphasizes the role of canon as the central context for interpretation of the Christian Scriptures. There have also been strong reactions to the canonical approach, led especially by James Barr in several of his essays and books.

In this study, Keener takes a twofold approach: (1) he demonstrates that a canonical exegesis is tenable if the task is approached with clarity regarding the core theological foundation of the method; and (2) he uses the approach in a test case, the interpretation of the often thorny questions surrounding the understanding of Psalm 8. This is useful, in that Psalm 8 was a text that Childs himself used to explicate his approach; and the text has many intertextual connections with the rest of the Bible, which raises considerations with regard to its pre-canonical form. Keener concludes that Psalm 8 in the Old Testament represents the intersection of two trajectories, (1) the reversal motif in which YHWH maintains the created order through exaltation of the weak and humble and (2) the motif of the conflicted and conflicting human, in which humans are shown as beset by trials, often failing and sometimes even occupying the role of enemies of YHWH. A third trajectory becomes visible in the context of the New Testament, the trajectory of the redeeming Christ; and this third trajectory intersects with the two Old Testament trajectories and makes possible the redemption of conflicted humanity.

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