Book Note: Breed, The Nomadic Text


In Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History, Brennan Breed argues that the way we describe the Hebrew Bible’s original text and reception is fundamentally flawed. He claims that the very dichotomy between text and reception imposes a false binary—juxtaposing an “original” text with later iterations as if the principal unit is an uncontaminated essence that is then altered over time. Breed sees the very framework of “original” and “reception” as needlessly limiting because, as any good post-structuralist will tell you, texts do not have singular meanings or origins. Instead, what other scholars might call the “original” is itself part of the processes of composing, writing, rewriting; thus, the Hebrew Bible’s texts are not static ends but are in continual movement.  

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