Jonathan Roberts

in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199204540
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This introductory article focuses on the meaning and practice of reception history. The reception of the Bible comprises every single act or word of interpretation of that book (or books) over the course of three millennia. Reception history, on the other hand, is usually a scholarly enterprise, consisting of selecting and collating shards of that infinite wealth of reception material in accordance with the particular interests of the historian concerned, and giving them a narrative frame. Reception history is grounded in the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900–2002). Until recent years, reception work on the Bible was principally a German-language phenomenon. The best-known German-language theologian working in reception history is Ulrich Luz (1938–), and the context of his work and the responses of others to that work are briefly discussed. An overview of the two parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords: Bible; reception; reception history; Gadamer; Ulrich Luz

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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