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deconstruct
to seek to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning
paradigmatic
of or relating to a pattern or model
misogynist
woman-hating
agrarian
relating to agricultural or rural matters
apocalyptic
of or pertaining to a prophetic disclosure or revelation; of the end of an age
Dead Sea Scrolls
a number of parchment scrolls dating from 100 bce to about 70 ce containing Hebrew and Aramaic scriptural texts
eschatology
the branch of theology concerned with last things, such as death, judgment, heaven and hell
exegesis
a critical explanation or analysis; especially, interpretation of the Scriptures
hermeneutics
the science and methodology of interpretation, especially of Scriptural text
heuristic
helping to discover or learn
Logos
a/ cosmic reason; b/ the self-revealing thought and will of God
redactor
an editor
Septuagint
a Greek translation of the Old Testament made in the 3rd century bce
theodicy
a vindication of divine justice in the face of the existence of evil
pericope
a selection from a book, an extract; specifically, a selection from the Gospels or Epistles adapted to the Sundays and festivals of the year, embracing especially the chief points in the history of redemption
pleonasm
the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy
ecclesiastical
of or pertaining to a church
rhetoric
the art of oratory, especially the persuasive use of language to influence the thoughts and actions of listeners
dialogical
of or pertaining to the interaction of different voices or points of view
intertextuality
of or pertaining to the relationship of one text to another, in one or more ways
semiotics
the idea that the structure of language gives meaning to all human communication
semantics
the study of meaning in language
strophe
a rhythmic system constituting a section of a poem, typically consisting of a series of asymmetric lines
atomistic
tending to divide into subclasses, groups or units
antipode
the direct opposite of something else
chiasm
a rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures; ex. He went to the theater/ but home went she.
binary
composed of two different parts
ternary
composed of three different parts
metonymy
a figure of speech in which an idea is evoked or named by means of a term designating some associated notion; ex. The words sword and sex are metonymical designations for military career and women in the statement, "He abandoned the sword and the sex together"