Walking on the Water: Reading Mt. 14:22-33 in the Light of Its Wirkungsgeschichte

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BRILL, 2008 - Religion - 220 pages
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The concept of "Wirkungsgeschichte" is gaining ground in New Testament Studies. It involves the gathering of diverse interpretations of a text, but can it offer significant exegetical results or is it merely a form of cultural stamp collecting? This book explores the background of "Wirkungsgeschichte" in the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer and applies the theory to a single pericope, Mt 14: 22-33. Traditional historical and literary examinations of this story are brought into conversation with six works of art and a number of nineteenth century theological texts. The result is an enriched interpretation which fruitfully alerts us to the narrowness of the vision of our own time and place.

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Chapter One Introduction to the Project and a Description of Wirkungsgeschichte
2233 in some NineteenthCentury Theological Texts
Chapter Six Conclusion

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Rachel Nicholls, Ph.D. (2005) in New Testament Studies from the University of Cambridge is a priest in the Church of England. She regularly gives papers on the place of Wirkungsgeschichte in New Testament exegesis.

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