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Psychological biblical criticism by D.…

Psychological biblical criticism (2001)

by D. Andrew Kille

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An introduction to the possibilities and methodologies of using psychology and psychological theories in Biblical criticism. The author is aware of the limitations of psychological interpretation, the relative newness of the field, and the justification for the suspicion of previous attempts to make sense of the Bible using psychological methods.

The author begins with a discussion of definition, history, and methods, and spends the rest of the time showing the various psychologically based interpretations of Genesis 3, including the Freudian, Jungian, and developmental schools.

In the end, the author concludes that psychological Biblical criticism can help provide a different perspective on a text, but ought to be used in concert with other methodologies to make the best sense of the text.

In my estimation, there is still good reason to be suspicious of the psychological systems and their claims regarding the texts since so little is known about what is going on behind the texts.

Nevertheless, a helpful introduction. ( )
  deusvitae | Nov 4, 2009 |
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This volume provides an introduction to psychological interpretations of the Hebrew Bible—with the Garden of Eden story as a test case. It approaches the text from Freudian, Jungian, and Developmental psychologies, comparing and contrasting the different methods while taking on the hermeneutical issues. Ricoeur’s work is used to establish criteria for adequate interpretation.

Genesis 3 presents a fruitful text for psychological interpretation given its importance in Western culture. Its themes of sexuality, guilt, consciousness, and alienation are issues of great concern for everyone in our society. Kille’s aim is to locate psychological criticism within the field of biblical studies and to propose a hermeneutical framework for describing and evaluating psychological approaches. The second part is devoted to analysis of different evaluations of Genesis 3 from the three chosen psychological perspectives.

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