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Divine EnticementTheological Seductions$
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Karmen Mackendrick

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242894

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242894.001.0001

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Take and Read: Scripture and the Enticement of Meaning

Take and Read: Scripture and the Enticement of Meaning

(p.169) 5 Take and Read: Scripture and the Enticement of Meaning
Divine Enticement

Karmen Mackendrick

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins by considering conversions to Christianity that are inspired by scriptural readings, and asks what it is about scripture that could draw desire so strongly. Arguing against both fundamentalist literalism and a reading of scripture as pure symbol or allegory, it suggests that we might read for the very different mode of meaning implied by conversion itself. The scriptures considered here promise not a particular meaning, but an understanding of what meaningfulness itself is, of the connection between sign and signified. The theoretical concerns raised by the scriptures considered here range through the connections of language to desire both in its richness and in its inadequacy; the sensory and carnal character of signs and the sense of incarnationalism that emerges; scriptural episodes of divine writing in Hebrew and Christian scriptures, and the implications of authorship created by these.

Keywords:   Scripture, scriptural interpretation, Valentinian, Augustine, incarnation

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