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Tópicos del Seminario

On-line version ISSN 2594-0619Print version ISSN 1665-1200


PANIER, Louis. From Sacralization to Reading: an Enunciative Approach to the Bible. Tóp. Sem [online]. 2009, n.22, pp.53-74. ISSN 2594-0619.

In spite of the common expressions, it is not certain that Christianity belongs to "the religions of books" and that the Bibles hould be considered as a "sacred text." "Scripture is the word of God:" this paradoxical and traditional expression that associates scripture and word without a doubt limits the sacred character of the text while installing it in the dynamics of an enunciation that relates itself as much as with the structure of biblical corpus as with the modalities of its reception. It would be interesting to see how semiotic reflection on the enunciation permits us to give an account of such a dynamic. We know the composed and diverse character of biblical corpus, with the multiplicity of "books" included in it. However in relation to the Christian corpus one must give an account of the radical cut that crosses and organizes the whole between the books of the Old Testament and the writings of the New Testament. We will be able to show how literary semiotics permits us to describe the effects of sense of this singular this textual structure. Traditional Christian hermeneutics strived to make a principle of interpretation out of this structural particularity that implies an original theory of enunciation surrounding the notions of inspiration, observance and reference. In this article, we plan to revisit these old proposals starting from semiotics in order to show how the Bible, which is presented as a text to read, evades a sacralizing objectivation and assists (from reading) an enunciative establishment of the subject.

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