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The Text in the Middle


Michael B. Shepherd

Analysis of inner-biblical exegesis ordinarily involves examination of the intertextual relationship between two texts within the biblical corpus. But in many cases there is an often overlooked intertext that serves as a bridge between the two texts. Such an intermediary text reads the primary text in a manner similar to the way the tertiary text reads it and supplies a missing link in a very subtle yet identifiable manner. The direction of dependence between texts of this kind is not as important in the present study as the direction in which these texts were meant to be read by those who gave them their final shape.
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Series Editor’s Preface


More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened.

This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion.

In this volume, Michael Shepherd examines the manner in which the biblical text interprets itself. While this idea in itself is neither new nor novel, the method that Shepherd employs does in fact invite a wider angle from which to explore this idea. He notes that in this regard the early post biblical interpreters understood this need and necessity as they used it to establish the ← IX | X → manner in which the New Testament is shaped and understood. In this study, Shepherd employs what he terms the “bridge” texts. He explains that “bridge” texts are those texts that have previous been cited, but the manner in which they are “cited has already been anticipated in a previous...

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