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A Brief Introduction to Edward W. Said: A Review of Said’s Concepts of Subjectivity, Power, Intellectual Responsibility, and the Secular
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores the current state of the field with an eye to the gap which currently exists between academic and vernacular hermeneutical texts and perspectives. The work of Edward W. Said is proposed as one potential resource from which to derive a means of overcoming that gap. Said has thus been interpreted and reinscribed according to a vision of biblical interpretation that both embraces and transcends his goals. The book addresses the gap between academic and vernacular hermeneutics is not exclusive, it nevertheless constitutes an exceptional approach to this issue. It explains the praxiological implications of Said's concept of contrapuntal hermeneutics as applied to the book of Job. The book demonstrates the unique insights, corrections, tensions, potential, and ultimately the mutual enrichments afforded by a contrapuntal interaction between academic and vernacular interpretations of the book of Job.