History of Religions and History of Traditions

Robert Morgan and John Barton

in Biblical Interpretation

Published in print September 1988 | ISBN: 9780192132567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670060 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Bible Series

History of Religions and History of Traditions

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This chapter traces some significant shifts within the historical paradigm that has guided most modern biblical scholarship. It details the development of historical-critical study in the nineteenth century. The chapter then considers the expansion of sociological interest in both the Old and New Testaments. This is followed by a discussion of the work of Rudolf Bultmann, focusing on the strategies he employs in order to undertake theological interpretation. The chapter suggests that behind Bultmann's theological hostility to the liberals' quest for the historical Jesus stood a variety of Lutheran and existentialist emphases and phobias.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; biblical criticism; Old Testament; New Testament; theology; Rudolf Bultmann

Chapter.  14344 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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