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Apostrophic desire and parousia in the apostle Paul's epistles: a Derridean proposal for textual interpretation

Curkpatrick, Stephen (2002) Apostrophic desire and parousia in the apostle Paul's epistles: a Derridean proposal for textual interpretation. Biblical Interpretation, 10 (2). ISSN 0927-2569

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Abstract

Paul's correspondence encounters the vicissitudes of a postal system that sets in motion several forms of differential experience between addressor and addressee. In Paul's epistles, desire for his own parousia (coming/presence) is given more prominence than the parousia of Christ. This desire is inscribed in the tension between absence and presence to his congregations in his letters, which in turn generates several spectral factors in Paul's assertions of presence, authority, and paternity. Derrida's earlier work on issues of speech vs. writing and presence vs. absence (which continue to be implicit in later works, especially in the variegated performances of iterability), are pertinent to these issues in Paul. What readings could emerge then, if Pauline correspondence is read through a Derridean prism? Does a "Derridean proposal" that, writing "writes itself" out of desire for arrival at a destination yet to come, have value for elucidating an "authority of the text"? This article is a performative engagement with such questions.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): New Testament, Paul, biblical criticism, Derrida, parousia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
B - Biblical Studies, general
Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 13:00
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2009 13:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/195

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