Title: Truth and Prejudice. A Theological Reflection on Biblical Exegesis
Authors: Nathan, Emmanuel # ×
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université catholique de Louvain, Peeters
Series Title: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law vol:83 issue:4 pages:281-318
Abstract: Is biblical exegesis nothing more than the eliciting of meaning from historical texts, unobstructed by prejudices, unconcerned by influences to their reading or reception? At the same time, can theology ignore a careful exegesis? Section one of this article articulates the hermeneutical problem of pre-understandings in biblical studies. Two concrete examples are briefly considered to demonstrate how differing pre-understandings of the same passage lead to different conclusions. However, it is then suggested that there is perhaps a more fundamental condition of ‘prejudice’ at stake. This allows for the exploration of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutical insights on prejudice in section two. Section three incorporates these insights towards entering the plea for a ‘meaning-full’ exegesis. This latter phenomenon locates historical-critical exegesis within a larger framework of exegesis as commentary and allows truth to be seen as unfolding itself in our prejudices. The aim is to see a biblical exegesis that is integral to, and integrated within, theology, one that is not afraid to be creative in its receptivity; not just a passive receiver of meanings but an active dialogue partner in the conversation of revelation.
ISSN: 0013-9513
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit Biblical Studies
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