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Reading the wedding at Cana in Galilee (Jn 2:1–11) through the lenses of introverted sensing and introverted intuition: Perceiving text differently

Leslie J. Francis, Adam J. Stevenson, Christopher F. J. Ross
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6858 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6858 | © 2021 Leslie J. Francis, Adam J. Stevenson, Christopher F.J. Ross | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 2021 | Published: 25 August 2021

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Leslie J. Francis, CEDAR, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom; Department of New Testament Studies and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Adam J. Stevenson, Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom; Department of New Testament Studies and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Christopher F. J. Ross, Department of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Martin Luther University College, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Department of New Testament Studies and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Working within the reader perspective approach to biblical hermeneutics, a series of empirical studies have tested the theory that the readers’ psychological type preference between sensing and intuition (the two Jungian perceiving functions) shapes distinctive readings of biblical narratives. More recently, closer attention has also been given to differentiation within these two perceiving functions of sensing and intuition with regard to their introverted and extraverted orientation. Against this background, the present study examines the distinctive reading of the Johannine narrative of the wedding at Cana, a passage rich in materials to engage the perceiving functions, by two groups whose dominant or auxiliary functions were introverted sensing and introverted intuition.

Contribution: Situated within the reader perspective approach to biblical hermeneutics, the sensing, intuition, feeling, thinking (SIFT) method is concerned with identifying the influence of the psychological type of the reader in shaping the interpretation of text. The foundations of the SIFT approach distinguish amongst the four functions of sensing, intuition, feeling and thinking. The present study builds on this foundation by introducing the nuance of the orientation in which the function is expressed, in this case focusing specifically on introverted sensing and introverted intuition.


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reader perspective; psychological type; SIFT method; psychology; Bible

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