Circular Rhetoric and Logic of Paradox

July 13, 2014

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Presented at SBL International Meeting 2014 (SBL IM2014) and European Association of Biblical Studies

1. Rhetoric of Circularity and Biblical Paradox in John 1:15 and 1:30

2. Rhetoric of Circularity and Biblical Paradox

in Methods in New Testament Studies

3. A New Interpretive Paradigm for Melchizedek in Hebrews 7

in New Testament/Early Christianity/Rabbinic Studies (EABS)

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Biblical Paradox by Richard Min (SBL AM2013)

October 18, 2013

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Biblical Paradox and “I AM” Sayings in John, with the Notes on

(1) A New Interpretive Framework for “I AM” sayings in John

(2) Paradox of Circularity in Matthew 22:15-46

(3) New Critical Method toward the Validity and Interpretation of Paradox of Circularity.

(4) A New Interpretive Paradigm for Melchizedek in Hebrews 7:1-3

Presented at Society of Biblical Literature – Annual Meeting 2013 (SBL AM2013, 11/23/13, Baltimore, Maryland)

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Biblical Paradox by Richard K. Min (SBL IM2013)

July 4, 2013

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Biblical Paradox and “I AM” Sayings in John by Richard K. Min

(1) A New Interpretive Framework for “I AM” sayings in John

(2) Three Paradoxes of Circularity in Matthew 22:15-46

(3) New Critical Method toward the Validity and Interpretation of Paradox of Circularity

Presented at Society of Biblical Literature – International Meeting 2013 (July 8-11, 2013), St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Biblical Paradox and “I am” sayings in the Johannine Literature by Richard K. Min

November 26, 2012

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting 2012 (SBL IM2012) Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 23-26, 2012.

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Abstract:

The study of paradox has been one of the most neglected areas in contemporary biblical scholarship for the latter half of the 20th century. However, there has been a renewed interest due to the innovative approach and breakthrough pioneered by Kripke in the study of paradox of circularity. This paper explores and presents this new paradigm and critical method to understand and analyze biblical paradox of circularity, literary circular constructs, and “I am” sayings in the Johannine literature (John, 1 John, and Revelation). In this paper, the author explores this new paradigm in the study and analysis of biblical paradox of circularity, and proposes a critical method toward the analysis of biblical paradox of circularity and circular constructs.

Keywords: biblical paradox; circularity; I am; ego eimi; einai en; menein en; John; 1 John; Johannine literature

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Biblical Paradox and ‘I am’ Sayings in John by Richard K. Min

November 25, 2012

Biblical Paradox and ‘I am’ Sayings in John, by Richard K. Min (SBL IM2011 paper), presented at Society of Biblical Literature – International Meeting 2011, London, United Kingdom, July 2010.

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Abstract: The study of paradox has been controversial in contemporary biblical and theological scholarship.  This historical trend has been set by Russell in the study of paradox since the early 20th century, to exclude or ignore the paradox (of circular reasoning) from formal logic or to negate it as a valid reasoning.  The consequence of this mainstream decision has been somewhat devastating, especially in biblical scholarship.  However, there has been a renewed interest due to the innovative approach and breakthrough in the study of paradox in circularity, pioneered by Kripke.  This paper explores and presents this new perspective and paradigm, and its application to circular constructs found in the Bible, especially in John.  Selected biblical examples of circular relationship and coinductive reasoning are presented and analyzed.  Two proof methods in John 8:12-18 are investigated and analyzed.  One of the proof methods is distinctively based on self-reference (circular reasoning) to validate the self-claim of Jesus as the light of the world.  Further “I am” sayings in John are analyzed as interpretive keys and with circular in-relationship.

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Biblical Paradox and Coinductive Reasoning by Richard K. Min and Gopal Gupta (SBL IM2010 paper)

November 25, 2012

Biblical Paradox and Coinductive Reasoning by Richard K. Min and Gopal Gupta (SBL IM2010 paper), presented at Society of Biblical Literature – International Meeting 2010, Tartu, Estonia, July 2010.

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Title: Biblical Paradox and Coinductive Reasoning

Author:      Richard K. Min, Gopal Gupta

The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA

Abstract:

The study of paradox has been one of the most neglected areas in contemporary biblical scholarship.  One of the landmark examples is the Liar’s Paradox (Titus 1:12) with circular reasoning, along with the name of God (Exodus 3:14) and the identity of Jesus (John 14:10).  Yet biblical paradox is one of the most ignored areas in biblical study for the latter half of the 20th century.  The study of the paradox in formal logic and philosophy has been pioneered by Russell in the early 20th century, followed by Tarski in Mathematics and Wittgenstein in Philosophy.  The scholarly consensus and trend since Tarski was to exclude circular reasoning from the formal logic and to negate it as valid reasoning, to avoid a paradox occurring.  The consequence of this mainstream decision has been somewhat devastating, especially in biblical scholarship.  As a result, there was no basis of formal reasoning or logic to support any literary or logical construct of circularity, found in the biblical text.  However, there has been a renewed interest due to the innovative approach and breakthrough in the study of circularity and paradox pioneered by Kripke since 1975.  This paper presents this new perspective and paradigm of coinductive reasoning and its application to biblical texts.  The new perspective and paradigm brings a renewed interest and excitement toward the study of biblical paradox with its linguistic construct, and its modal and nonmonotonic reasoning.

Keywords: biblical paradox; coinductive reasoning; paradox of circularity; modal reasoning; nonmonotonic reasoning

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