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Why history matters: The place of historical consciousness in a multidimensional approach towards biblical interpretation

Louise C. Jonker
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 2 | a775 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i2.775 | © 2013 Louise C. Jonker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2012 | Published: 04 September 2013


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Abstract

Since the linguistic turn of New Criticism and the advent of reader-response approaches in the previous century, the category of history has come under pressure in biblical interpretation. New developments in general historiography have also emphasised that the past is forever past, and that only constructions of the past remain. These developments bring many to the conclusion that the past offers no assistance in the interpretation process. In my paper I would like to re-emphasise that


Keywords

Biblical hermeneutics; History; Contextual reading; Historiography

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