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Bonhoeffer and Interpretive Theory

Essays on Methods and Understanding


Edited By Peter Frick

How does the contemporary reader make sense of the life and writings of such an icon as Dietrich Bonhoeffer? The essays in this volume seek to address this question by carefully examining the social, cultural, religious and intellectual locations that inform the Sitz im Leben of a vast readership of Bonhoeffer. The focus of each of the essays is thus on the task of articulating and clarifying a hermeneutically self-conscious and responsible approach to interpreting and understanding Bonhoeffer. The authors come from widely divergent backgrounds, both geographically and intellectually, and therefore offer a wide spectrum of dialogue. Methods and approaches examined in the essays discuss themes such as gender, religion, race, ecology, politics, philosophy, literature among others.


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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 276 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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