ERIC Number: EJ853408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Learning to Read the Bible with Desire: Teaching the Eros of Exegesis in the Theological Classroom
Vaage, Leif E.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n2 p87-94 Apr 2007
The article begins with two brief theoretical descriptions of a pedagogy of desire vis-a-vis the Christian Bible. The first of these is a poem; the second summarizes the conversation constituted by four quite different books: the "Confessions" by Augustine of Hippo, "Freud & Philosophy" by Paul Ricoeur, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire, and "The Ethnography of Reading" edited by Jonathan Boyarin. There follows, then, a case in point: an account of my most recent effort to teach the eros of exegesis at Emmanuel College (Toronto), using the "Song of Songs." This account includes discussion of the (pre)conception(s) of the (biblical) text that inform(s) this undertaking and of the practice of communal reading as a specific type of bodily activity and social experience. In conclusion, the question of evaluation is addressed. How does one learn to love--when, by, in, with, and under--reading the Bible?
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Evaluation, Ethnography, Social Experience, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Poetry, Christianity
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