What moves me in the Bible — in any religious text — is mythic meanings. I mean this in the high sense, the “myth is truer than literal truth” sense. And one way to access and work with this is through a reader-oriented approach that focuses on how you’re interacting cognitively and emotionally with the text at the moment. Reader-response criticism is an accepted and respected critical methodology, and I combined it with a literary-esque approach to understand how and why the Isaian text was hinting to me that it could be validly read as a cosmic horror story of a quasi-Lovecraftian sort.
Matt Cardin interviewed at TheoFantastique
This interview is interesting for its own sake but I especially liked the idea of Reader-Response Criticism. This sounds to me a little like “exegesis on the fly.” And I wonder about the implications of that with regard to the more macabre and fantastic sections of the Scriptures. Do we fail to appreciate stories like the death of Ehud or Daniel’s vision because we’re approaching the text as a didactic text rather than a fantastic text? I don’t wish to suggest that historical narratives or apocalyptic visions can’t have didactic elements. In fact, I tell my exegesis students that all Bible genre are didactic beneath the surface. Perhaps this is where illustrations, woodcuts, anime and creative typesetting can help modern readers to appreciate just how strange and wonderful the Bible can be.