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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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Cited Bonhoeffer Works The following volumes of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke (DBW), München / Gütersloh: Chr. Kaiser / Gütersloher Verlagshaus 1986–1999 Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. English translation (DBWE), Minneapolis: Fortress Press 1995– are referred to in this book: DBW 1: Sanctorum Communio: Eine dogmatische Untersuchung zur Sozi- ologie der Kirche, ed. by Joachim von Soosten DBWE 1: Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church, ed. by Clifford Green, transl. by Reinhard Krauss / Nancy Lukens DBW 2: Akt und Sein: Transzendentalphilosophie und Ontologie in der systematischen Theologie, ed. by Hans-Richard Reuter DBWE 2: Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Sys- tematic Theology, ed. by Wayne W. Floyd, Jr., transl. by H. Martin Rumscheidt DBW 3: Schöpfung und Fall: Theologische Auslegung von Genesis 1–3, ed. by Martin Rüter / Ilse Tödt DBWE 3: Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, ed. by John de Gruchy, transl. by Douglas Bax DBW 4: Nachfolge, ed. by Martin Kuske / Ilse Tödt DBWE 4: Discipleship, ed. by Geffrey B. Kelly / John D. Godsey, transl. by Barbara Green / Reinhard Krauss DBW 5: Gemeinsames Leben / Das Gebetbuch der Bibel, ed. by Gerhard L. Müller / Albrecht Schönherr 248 Appendix DBWE 5: Life Together / Prayerbook of the Bible, ed. by Geffrey B. Kelly, transl. by Daniel W. Bloesch / James H. Burtness DBW 6: Ethik, ed. by Ilse Tödt / Heinz-Eduard Tödt...

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