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Author Grau, Marion, author

Title Refiguring theological hermeneutics : Hermes, trickster, fool / Marion Grau
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Contents 1. Theology as Mythology: Tilting the Tale -- 2. Unsealing Hermeneutics: Of God/s and Messengers -- 3. Re/Integrating Mythos and Logos -- 4. Similarities and Differences in Interpretation -- 5. Reconstructing Hermeneutics -- 6. Tricksters of the Trade -- 7. Holy Fools --
On the poetics of Christian theological hermeneutics -- Unsealing hermeneutics -- Theological hermeneutics as pattern recognition -- Logos, mythos, and mysticism -- Putting Hermes back into hermeneutics -- The trickster as hermeneut -- Fool's errand: holy fools and divine folly as hermeneutical figures -- Theology as mytho-logy -- Reframing hermeneutics
Summary Hermeneutics can be said to be operative when something is not immediately intelligible. The divine, experiences of God and the sacred, are of course a notorious hermeneutical problem. How to render, translate, interpret the unintelligible, the infinitely untranslatable without indeed admitting to its impossibility? This book argues that interpretive agency has aspects that are represented by the figures of Hermes, trickster, and fool. These figures reveal, perform, and challenge the status quo of a society and its structures of power, knowledge and belief. As hermeneutical acts are notoriously multivalent, engagement with these figures can help reframe hermeneutical work as a vibrant reminder of the play between humility and courage in reinterpreting the divine through mythos and logos anew each day. These figures can help to reconstruct theology as mytho-logy in teaching us greater respect for the dynamics of mythological narrativity and its logical exfoliation
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Hermes (Greek deity)
Hermeneutics -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137324554 (electronic bk)
9781137324559 (electronic bk)