Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Mark and Luke in Poststructuralist Perspectives: Jesus Begins to Write by Stephen D. Moore
Kingsbury, Jack Dean, Interpretation
In this book, Moore makes special use of the thought and literary techniques of the French thinkers Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault to present a postmodernist interpretation of Mark and Luke. Along the way, Moore slays with withering criticism the dragon that he finds barring the way to postmodernist interpretation, namely, the "modern" methods of biblical interpretation.
To Moore's way of thinking, the offense of "modern" biblical interpretation is that it subjects biblical texts to the imperialism of reason: Any meaning derived from a text that is judged not to be historical and reasonable is rigorously suppressed. Still, if one glances, for example, at Mark, one discovers that it is itself parabolic, or enigmatic, in nature and concrete, not abstract, in its language. It ends on a mysterious note and its language focuses attention on familiar, contemporary things such as "seed," "water," "road," "bread," "blood," "wine," and "cross." Accordingly, the language Mark speaks is the language not of the ear and reason but of the eye and images. …