About This Project

OBJECTIVE: I will, for the first time ever, read the King James Bible in its entirety and in order, without consulting secondary sources and limiting other outside influences, in order to gain a deeper understanding of its contents as a piece of canonical literature and primary religious text. As I read, I will record my responses and reflections here, ranging from semi-formal literary criticism* to pure reader response.


THE TENANTS:

1) I will not consult secondary sources of interpretation: I will be influenced by what I have heard and seen from having lived in the world, but my analysis is from my own head.

2) For each chapter, I will name one line as my “favorite.” Generally, these will be especially well-written or evocative, but they may also convey an idea that I find poignant.

3) On the other hand, I will not avoid voicing my dislike for portions of the text (as one would with any piece of literature). If I do, however, I will back up my thoughts with evidence from the text, like any good writer.



*LITERARY CRITICISM

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the parlance of literary analysis, to be “critical” of a text is not necessarily to view it negatively: to read “critically” is to analyze closely and thoughtfully. Sometimes, one looks for literary devices the author uses to persuade or evoke; other times, one views the text through a specific critical lens (e.g., post-colonialism) to gain further understanding of the text and make deeper and broader connections to other works or movements.

That is the kind of “critiquing” I will be doing. That said, I won’t be focusing on any specific lens except reader response, which is focusing on my own reaction to the text.

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