A Literary and Speech Act Analysis
Chapter 6: Literary Analysis of the Beatitudes:Understanding What the Text Is 183
CHAPTER 6 Literary Analysis of the Beatitudes: Understanding What the Text Is literary approach to the Beatitudes is ultimately an aesthetic approach. Texts were not written simply for historians and linguists to consider and debate. A text is the medium between the author and the reader, a combination of both the artistic creation of the author and the aesthetic re- sponse by the reader (Iser 1974:125; cf. Schneiders 1999:148). Jauss understands the role of the reader is as much “for aesthetic as for historical appreciation” (1974:12). Culler has pointed to the aesthetic nature of literature in its ability to engage readers with the interactions between form and content (1997:33). Ri- coeur has described the text as a dialogue (interpretation) “which connects two events, that of speaking and that of hearing” forming a new event where mean- ing resides (1976:16). The Bible should be seen and interpreted as literature. Stanton has even re- ferred to literary theory as “an attractive dancing partner” for the theologian (1993:55)! However, it is not only a literary work “aimed at satisfying aesthetic instincts”, since it reflects at the most “fundamental level” the theological inter- ests it wants its readers to affirm (Esler 1994:17–18). Literature is ordinary lan- guage within a literary context (cf. Pratt 1977:80). Literary analysis begins with the understanding that there is communication between an addresser and an addressee through the medium of a message. A The Matthean Beatitudes in Their Jewish Origins 184...
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