DIALOGUE IN AND WITH THE BIBLE

HJ Bernard Combrink

Abstract


According to Bakhtin dialogue is the essential symbolic medium through which all social relations are necessarily constituted.  This must be seen against the background of a literary approach which is not comprehensive enough.  There are different forms of dialogue in and with the Bible.  The dialogics of the New Testament is more complex than that of the poetics of the Hebrew Bible.  The New Testament develops a new form of dialogue when compared with the poetics of the Hebrew Bible.  The dialogue within the Bible should also be situated in the context of intertextuality.  Interpretation is also a practical affair with a political element in it.  Dialogue with the Bible is not only a one way movement to the Bible, but the Bible can also contradict and surprise the reader.


Keywords


Dialogue; Dialogue in the Bible; Dialogue with the Bible

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/57-0-1581

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