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Mark Knight

A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters  History, authenticity, authority, intertextual references  Clean and unclean  Form like bible, different histories working together to make whole  Life, art, fact and fiction  Aesthetic choices by painter to paint shipwreck  Question of selection, distortion and transformation of truth and history  Elusiveness of truth  Interpretation, themes that can be extended to biblical texts are shaped by how bible has been set from the start  Irony, fragmentation, mixing of different genres  Post modernism  Leotard -> postmodernism is incredulity towards metanarrative (attempts to make sense)  Suspicion/disbelief of grand narratives (religion, Marxism, science)  Attempts made to break up/complicate/fragment/reread  Presumption in book that metanarratives are inherently violent because it enforces one way of thinking of things  Book distrustful of religious system  Disrupting and offering different ways of thinking about things  Countervoice doesn’t come from bible but from Barnes  Believes biblical text enforces only one perspective throughout  Bible becomes negative singular text  Woodworm and problem of unregistered bias  But biblical tradition is easily capable of offering other voices  Idea of anthology of texts, reinterpretation  Woodworm becomes figures to expose biblical loopholes, smart, ironic outside commentator to offer different perspectives and make think about it  Woodworm disingenuous, no freer from bias from other Judeo Christians  Stands in for voice of Barnes although wants to hide himself  Perspective meant to be one to be taken in text  Perspective that everyone sees bible as singular itself is biased
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