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Word and World: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Biblical Interpretation Today

Winter, Sean F. (2012) Word and World: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Biblical Interpretation Today. Pacifica, 25 (2). pp. 161-175. ISSN 1030570X

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    Bonhoeffer’s call for the “non-religious interpretation of biblical concepts” is well known. However the question of what these ideas might have to do with the task of biblical interpretation itself is less often considered. In this article I argue that Bonhoeffer’s concern was for adequate attention to be given to the matter of the reception of revelation, in contrast to Barth’s “positivism of revelation”. This formulation is suggestive of a theological account of hermeneutics that affirms the “worldly” and human aspects of the interpretative task. Bonhoeffer’s insistence that the Word is in the world makes possible a form of theological interpretation that embraces the insights of non- or even anti-theological forms of biblical interpretation.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Bonhoeffer, theological Hermeneutics, Non-religious interpretation
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
    Depositing User: Rev Prof Sean Winter
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 10:28
    Last Modified: 13 May 2013 10:28
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1204

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