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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: 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
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/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 00:28
Last Modified: 13 May 2013 00:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1204

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