Narrative, Revelation, and the Naming of God

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI:
Narrative, Revelation, and the Naming of God

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This chapter traces and tests various theological applications of Ricœur's hermeneutics. It inquires whether Ricœur's hermeneutical understanding helps elucidate the theological importance of reference or refiguration in relation to faithful Christian living. It discusses the narrative and the biblical language of revelation in the Old Testament and New Testament in narrative and non-narrative modes, and the dialectic between symbol and narrative. The way the biblical texts name God presents a formidable challenge to any general, philosophical hermeneutics that would attempt to account for the distinctive character of biblical discourse. Ricœur contends that there is only one route: from a general (philosophical) hermeneutics to a regional (biblical or theological) hermeneutics. However, if the Bible is to show itself, it must be followed through to the end. Discussions in this chapter include the central place of God-reference, and appropriating the God-referent.

Keywords: hermeneutics; refiguration; narrative; symbol; God-reference

Chapter.  13661 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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