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God Speaks to Us

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Biblical Hermeneutics


Edited By Ralf K. Wüstenberg and Jens Zimmermann

Bonhoeffer was convinced that God spoke to his people through the Bible. How did a theologian of his caliber, who was well acquainted with the historical-critical interpretation of the scriptures, justify such a claim, and how did he apply this conviction to his daily challenges as theologian, pastor and political dissident during the Nazi regime? This book presents the attempts by a group of international Bonhoeffer scholars to answer some of these questions. By approaching Bonhoeffer’s theology from a number of different hermeneutical angles, the contributions in this volume cast new light both on his more general hermeneutical framework and on specific theological and political issues concerning his reading of the Bible. The essays underline Bonhoeffer’s contemporary relevance for the current resurgence of theological interpretation and for postmodern discussions about the interpretive nature of truth.


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illustration: Drawing by René Koch. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data God speaks to us : Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s biblical hermeneutics / Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Jens Zimmermann (eds.). — 1 [edition]. pages cm. — (International Bonhoeffer interpretations (IBI), ISSN 1864-757X ; 5) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-64023-4 1. Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, 1906-1945. 2. Bible—Hermeneutics. 3. Bible—Criticism, interpretation, etc. I. Wüstenberg, Ralf K., 1965- editor of compilation. BX4827.B57G565 2013 220.6092—dc23 2013014984ISSN 1864-757X ISBN 978-3-631-64023-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-02309-1 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-02309-1 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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