Ricœur versus Frei: Extra-linguistic Reference and the Absorbing World of the Bible

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI:
Ricœur versus Frei: Extra-linguistic Reference and the Absorbing World of the Bible

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Both Ricœur and Frei agree that narrative is indispensable for understanding God's truth; both emphasize the importance of attending to the shape of biblical narrative before speculating about its theological significance, as they affirm the inseparability of form and content; both resist a hermeneutics that converts the text into an abstract philosophical system; and both emphasize the strong connections between biblical narratives and the formation of Christian faith in any systematic apologies. This chapter aims to exploit the strengths of both Ricœur and Frei in so far as they throw light on the important subject of what it means to claim truthfully the Word of God. Discussions in this chapter include: methodological differences separating Ricœur and Frei; the narrative hermeneutics of Hans Frei; presupposition of Frei's narrative hermeneutics; a critical engagement with Hans Frei's hermeneutics; Ricœur's challenge of the referential worlds of history and fiction; and a theological critique of Ricœur's narrative hermeneutics.

Keywords: Ricœur; Frei; narrative; truth; form; content; systematic apologies; hermeneutics; history; fiction

Chapter.  31665 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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