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Jacob's Ladder - A Bridge between Heaven and Earth: reading Genesis 28:10-22 against the grain of modernity

Silcock, Jeff (2012) Jacob's Ladder - A Bridge between Heaven and Earth: reading Genesis 28:10-22 against the grain of modernity. Lutheran Theological Journal, 46 (3). pp. 179-188. ISSN 0024-7553


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This article is a revision of a seminar paper presented at the 12th International Congress for Luther Research held at the University of Helsinki in August 2012. The title of the seminar was: 'A Post-Modern Luther? New readings of the critique of epistemology and the revision of metaphysics'. Participants worked with selected passages from Luther's Lectures on Genesis, the fruit of his mature theology (1535-1545), to try to find clues to assist in a renewal of metaphysics and epistemology that is grounded in the biblical narrative. Quite specifically, that meant considering these topics in a counter- Enlightenment fashion that challenges the Kantian paradigm which has significantly influenced Continental theology over the last 200 years and in particular 20th century German Luther research. The passage I worked on was Genesis 28:10-22, the story of Jacob's dream or Jacob's ladder.4 The title of the paper, 'A bridge between heaven and earth: reading Genesis 28:10-22 against the grain of modernity', is a reminder that its main focus is systematic rather than exegetical. The modernity in question specifically targets the eighteenth century German Enlightenment5 and its chief representative Immanuel Kant.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Luther, Martin, Genesis, Lutheran Church Doctrines, Jesus Christ, Philosophy, German
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: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 05:45
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1482

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