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Vernon K. Robbins is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion, Emory University, and the author of Ancient Quotes and Anecdotes: From Crib to Crypt and The Rhetoric of Pronouncement.
"Exploring the Texture of Texts successfully introduces the results of Robbins' pioneering scholarship and intellectual activity through more than a decade.This is the manual students of socio-rhetorical criticism have been waiting for!" Bernard Combrink, Department of New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa--Sanford Lakoff "This is a marvelous book. Students will use it to find their way through the many different approaches to early Christian texts currently being pursued. Teachers will use it as the primary text for the standard course in New Testament criticism ("exegesis"). Scholars of Christian origins will use it to render utterly honest readings of their texts as social data for redescription. And the guild of New Testament studies will learn the steps for dancing at last in public on the stage of cultural critique. Bravo Vernon! You have written a book that shows why rhetorical savvy must call the tune for the next time around. Let the music begin." Burton L. Mack, School of Theology at Claremont--Sanford Lakoff ."..strongly recommended for all interpreters of the Bible as essential 'continuing education' in the art and science of interpretation." David A. deSilva, reviewing for Ashland Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff "Ashland Theological Journal " ."..an excellent guide for reading the Christian Scriptures, particularly the Gospels... I recommend this as an excellent text to use alongside a more comprehensive introduction to the Christian Scriptures. It will stir the student's minds." Robert Doran, Amherst College, for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly--Sanford Lakoff "Catholic Biblical Quarterly " ."..students and teachers will find that each chapter, together with its study guide, challenges them to experiment with a variety of approaches to interpretation, all of which should enrich their appreciation of the text." David G.--Sanford Lakoff "Review of Biblical Literature " "This delightful book provides a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the practice of sociorhetorical criticism developed by Robbins...an excellent orientation for students at the beginning of their NT studies. Even scholars working in a different hermeneutical tradition will find this a useful introduction to important developments in NT research." Johan C.--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review "