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Johannes Brahms, agnosticism and some other wisdom

J. A. Loader
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 19, No 3 | a2512 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v19i3.2512 | © 2022 J. A. Loader | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2022 | Published: 30 December 1998

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J. A. Loader, University of Vienna, Austria; University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The use made of the biblical text in the cycle Vier ernste Gesange by Johannes Brahms is investigated. The German text of Qohelet, Ben Sira and 1 Corinthians and the impact of their reciprocal relationship as Opus 121 are shown to illustrate the aspect of creativity on the hermeneutical level and a possible meaning of agnosticism on the theological level.

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