John's Gospel as Witness: The Development of the Early Christian Language of Faith

1st Edition

Alexander S. Jensen

Routledge
Published June 10, 2019
Reference - 173 Pages
ISBN 9781138378797 - CAT# K398199
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

This book defends the claims of historical-critical research into the New Testament as necessary for theological interpretation. Presenting an interdisciplinary study about the nature of theological language, this book considers the modern debate in theological hermeneutics beginning with the Barth-Bultmann debate and moving towards a theory of language which brings together historical-critical and theological interpretation. These insights are then applied to the exegesis of theologically significant texts of the Gospel of John in the light of the hermeneutical discussion. Drawing together the German and Anglo-American hermeneutical traditions, and discussing issues related to postmodern hermeneutical theories, this book develops a view of the New Testament as the reflection of a struggle for language in which the early Church worked to bring about a language through which the new faith could be understood.

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