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Touching on Death: On being toward the other in the Gospel of Luke.

Elvey, Anne (2006) Touching on Death: On being toward the other in the Gospel of Luke. The Bible and Critical Theory, 2 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1832-3391

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    Abstract

    This article brings thinking on the phenomenology of touch into dialogue with representations of touch in
    the Gospel of Luke. The ecojustice principle of interconnectedness forms a basis for moving between touch
    as a phenomenon, representations of touch, and the touch of texts. I focus on a Lukan pattern where touch
    is a mark of compassionate responsiveness such that in touching the other one touches (on) death. This
    pattern offers a particular phenomenology of touch which I bring into conversation with contemporary
    thinking about touch (Derrida and Nancy) to consider the capacity of the Lukan text to touch. How does
    the Gospel of Luke touch its readers in touching (on) death? In touching (on) death, how does the Gospel
    of Luke affect bodies and earth, phenomena whose givenness encompasses the material necessity of
    death? What are the implications for an ex-scriptive reading, which reads from and toward the ‘outside’
    of writing signified by death? The article proposes a kind of reading which, touched by the otherness of
    death, consents to the body and so to the reality of human mortality.
    In Le Toucher Jean-Luc Nancy and in his earlier essay ‘Le Toucher’,

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): New Testament, biblical interpretation, Gospel, Luke, touch, death, phenomenology
    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): B - New Testament
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 13:06
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 12:37
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/81

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