Guiding the Reader's Reception Pericope Titles in the New Testament

Christiane Nord
Most modern editions of the Old and New Testament divide the chapters of the Biblical books into small sections (pericopes), providing them with headings. These section headings were introduced by editors and translators in order to structure the chapters and indicate the contents of the passage, facilitate reading or help readers find their way through the text. Section headings are paratexts which address the audience from a meta-level, guiding the readers' reception and shaping the
more » ... aping the sender-receiver relationship. The paper analyses a corpus of 1255 section headings collected from the Gospel of St. Matthew in seven German and two English translations with regard to their form and the role they play in the interpretation of the corresponding co-texts.