J. Rebecca Lyman

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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At present in Western intellectual culture, questions of historical method have gained in complexity, often as an echo of shifts in hermeneutics and literary method, but also in response to increasing global communication, cultural exchange, and social reform. The questions of current historiography with regard to definitions of narrative, textual interpretation, and culture, though highly creative and provocative, are hardly settled among historians. Since these questions are both the extension and critique of modern historical criticism, which has had a profound impact on theology in the West, they are particularly critical contemporary theological questions and methodologies. This article provides a brief chronological introduction to Western and Christian historiography, and then examines contemporary historiographical problems and theological responses.

Keywords: hermeneutics; cultural exchange; Western historiography; Christian historiography

Article.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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