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Introduction

Melissa Raphael

in Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269328
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269328.003.0010
Introduction

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The notion of holiness in twentieth-century history is often associated with the concept introduced by Rudolf Otto in The Idea of the Holy, as this text served as a basis and measure for several other studies of holiness that have defined their own respective positions. One of the significant characteristics of this book is that it finds a way to surpass the rules established by the various disciplines that have attempted to claim it. As such, it is one of the key contributions to the history of religions and to the psychology, philosophy, and the aesthetics attributed to biblical studies, religion, and theology as well. Das Heilige was able to initiate a number of theological and methodological debates which were until now relevant in modern religious studies. Although The Idea of the Holy is found to be undeveloped ethnographically and philosophically, Otto's understanding of transcendence aided in formally establishing the discipline of religious studies.

Keywords: Rudolf Otto; holiness; holy; religious studies; Das Heilige

Chapter.  8256 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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