I once had a disagreement with David Tuggy, PhD in Lingusitics, regarding ambiguity. I finally looked up the word 'ambiguous' in a dictionary only to discover David was using the word in one way, I was using it in the other.I'd love to explore this more, Mike, can you give us an example of how one of you was focusing on ambiguity of interpretation, and the other on intention... I think I see what you mean, if so when Wayne thinks "ambiguity" he thinks of different interpretations possible, when I think "ambiguity" I envisage multiple intentions...
You see, the word is ...ummmmm... ambiguous.
And yet, as soon as I saw the ambiguity in our disagreement, the disagreement suddenly became a conversation. In fact, the whole nature of ambiguity became quite clear.
I think that is what happens in the Bible (in any well written text, for that matter). Authors want to reach their readers along several levels, meaning enveloped by entertainment is quite a communicative text.
So, I agree, I think there's a richness in ambiguity within the text; however, the ambiguity creates another level of coherence in the text, and, in fact, it tightens up the meaning all the more. In other words, ironically--hmmmmm, interesting word, 'ironically'--ironically, the ambiguity brings about clarity. Or, to say it from the author's perspective, clarity intends ambiguity.
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