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Title Self-Referential Features in Sacred Texts
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department Religious Studies
Degree Level thesis
University/Publisher Florida International University
Abstract This thesis examines a specific type of instance that bridges the divide between seeing sacred texts as merely vehicles for content and as objects themselves: self-reference. Doing so yielded a heuristic system of categories of self-reference in sacred texts based on the way the text self-describes: Inlibration, Necessity, and Untranslatability. I provide examples of these self-referential features as found in various sacred texts: the Vedas, Āgamas, Papyrus of Ani, Torah, Quran, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and the Book of Mormon. I then examine how different theories of sacredness interact with them. What do Durkheim, Otto, Freud, or Levinas say about these? How are their theories changed when confronted with sacred texts as objects as well as containers for content? I conclude by asserting that these self-referential features can be seen as ‘self-sacralizing’ in that they: match understandings of sacredness, speak for themselves, and do not occur in mundane texts.
Subjects/Keywords Hermeneutics; Religious Literature; Sacred Texts; Scripture; Translation; Literacy Theory; Religious Studies; Textual Criticism; Material Culture; Comparative Literature; Comparative Methodologies and Theories; Continental Philosophy; History of Religion; Jewish Studies; Other Anthropology; Other Religion; Reading and Language; Rhetoric and Composition; Sociology of Religion; Theory and Philosophy; Translation Studies
Contributors Oren B. Stier; Whitney Bauman; Steven M. Vose
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:digitalcommons.fiu.edu:etd-5124
Repository fiu
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-01-06
Created Date 2018-06-28 07:00:00

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