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Hans W. Frei’s hermeneutics and Genesis 12–25: a critical assessment

Sonek, K P (2011) Hans W. Frei’s hermeneutics and Genesis 12–25: a critical assessment. Folia Orientalia, 48. pp. 143-155. ISSN 0015-5675

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Abstract

This article evaluates potential ways in which Hans W. Frei’s interpretative approach and his reconstruction of pre-critical hermeneutics can be profitably used in the modern exegesis of the patriarchal narratives, especially of the Abraham Story in Gen 12–25. It begins with a short analysis of the critical voices which have been raised against Frei’s theory over the last 30 years. This analysis helps to highlight both the obvious strengths and deficiencies of Frei’s approach. Next, the article focuses on the model text of Gen 15 and asks further questions concerning the applicability of pre-critical hermeneutics to biblical narratives. This discussion results in a number of conclusions and in a blueprint for combining traditional and critical approaches within one methodologically correct model.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: biblical studies, hermeneutics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
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
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr K P Sonek
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 02:02
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 02:06
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1605

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