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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: 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
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 03:06
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 02:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/81

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