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  • 1. Cimabue Santa Trinita Madonna Giotto Ognisanti Madonna Duccio Ruccelai Madonna
  • 2. David White (student)
  • 3. A ball
  • 4. A bag
  • 5. A purse
  • 6. A cat
  • 7. Unrelatedsigns…
  • 8. Meaningdependshow they arecombined
  • 9. Whatdoes shemake ofit?
  • 10. Creative imitation simplifies in order to reveal
  • 11. Look at text: Symbols inspire thought Creative metaphor refigures reality  Relational: I say it, you interpret it  Surplus of meaning  Can’t be translated into descriptive language
  • 12.  Narrative configures reality  the plot asserts cause  history tells us why things are as they are  fiction tells us how things might be Understanding lies between text and reader
  • 13.  Reading in the hermeneutic circle for fuller understanding 1. naive reading 2. explanation –internal coherence 3. suspicion – does it mean what it seems? 4. understanding – seeing the world it projects 5. appropriation – buying into that world What it means depends (partly) on who reads
  • 14. Thank you.I think Iunderstand.
  • 15.  Challenge  set aside belief-systems and read as educator Rich fund of  Take distance:  stories  hear it afresh  metaphors  let it speak  symbols  Learn told over centuries in encounter between world of text and our world  interfaces between fields of knowledge are loci of creativity
  • 16.  Teachers: 128 references to  Jesus teachers and teaching 43 references to  Paul learning mediated by text Teaching is relational  the text itself is and student-centred teachingExpect principles rather than technical solutions
  • 17.  Uses many forms and genres  metaphors  stories (parables)  Jesus and Paul  principles pull crowds  exhortation  Different from  poetry traditional teacher  action Tyrranus?  letters Relational and interactive
  • 18. The light shines in the darknessbut the darkness has not overcome it
  • 19.  What might it mean Jesus tells stories that to someone in invite the listener to distance learning? find meaning  efforts are scattered (parables) widely “A sower went out to  much is wasted sow...”  still yield huge What does it mean returns to you?  A story of encouragement...
  • 20.  Identify with them  “puts his tent in their camp” Homes Gatherings Targets the socially excluded Goes to “the other side”...
  • 21.  Double story  crossing the lake in a storm; and  encounter with Gadarene man with demons Story told three times (by Matthew, Mark and Luke)  Apart from words of Jesus, every word is different  But same steps Any story can be told in many ways
  • 22. The storm on the lake Facing trouble and danger to do the job Echoes of Jonah, who ran away; and Julius Caesar, who turned back Asks a question:  Not “How did he do this?” But  “Who is this?”
  • 23. At the other side... Man with demons prefers the dead to the living  world is upside-down  distinguish man from demons  demons in one man v demons in crowd  political subtext Man pleased to have world put right-way up Townspeople preferred things as they were
  • 24.  Tension maintained between  building on what we have “not to abolish, but to fulfil” so work in stages; and  turning the world upside down “puts down the mighty... and exalts the humble” breaking in A method, not an answer
  • 25.  Travelled to lay foundations Lectured and debated  could be long-winded  Built an organisation  sometimes hard to  Placed key leaders and understand managers  could be lyrical  Sent colleagues to run Wrote letters tutorials  his metaphors cross cultural barriers  adapts what is familiar
  • 26.  Theology is about relationships  Where we are in the order of things  How to relate to others Learned in community Needs someone to exhort, guide, encourage, accompany παρὰκλητὸς parakletos
  • 27.  Traditional Jewish festival celebrates gifts to Israel Pentecost in New Testament turns towards others And provides us with...
  • 28. ὑμῖν τοῖς μακρὰν καὶ τοῖς ἐγγύς To those far off and to those who are near
  • 29. Cimabue Santa Trinita Madonna Giotto Ognisanti Madonna Duccio Ruccelai Madonna