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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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Scriptures and Histories

Scriptures and Histories

(p.28) 3 Scriptures and Histories
On Teaching Religion

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of his appreciation for the work of Wilfred Cantwell Smith. He reflects on W. C. Smith's article “The Study of Religion and the Study of the Bible” published in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR) in 1971. He suggests that W. C. Smith's constant use of the singular “The Bible” and “The Church” commits the same sort of reification, the same sort of misplaced concreteness, he has elsewhere warned against. Jonathan Z. Smith also says that the JAAR article opened for him a larger world of texts that he probably never would have otherwise read, texts which raise issues he never would have thought about.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The Study of Religion and the Study of the Bible, bible, religion, church, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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