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The Old Testament, Christianity and Pluralism
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Culture and Gender studies.
1995 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How can we give acceptable contemporary Old Testament interpretations which do justice to pluralism? Cristina Grenholm examines this problem by analysing six contemporary approaches.

The starting point is Gerhard von Rad's work. Important challenges are represented by the critical approach of James Barr, the feminist approach of Phyllis Trible, the liberation theology approach of J. Severino Croatto, the Jewish approach of Jon D. Levenson and the traditional approach of Brevard S. Childs.

These approaches are analysed and compared with respect to their purposes, views of the Old Testament, views of Christianity, and views of revelation and authority at a general level.

Cristina Grenholm also analyses their interpretive application to a selection of Old Testament texts. She identifies the problems and advantges of the approaches and uses them to establish six criteria for acceptable contemporary Christian Old Testament interpretations which all relate to pluralism in different aspects. Finally, she sketches an approach which meets the stipulated criteria. Two main characteristics of this approach are that biblical interpretation is treated as a complex process and that underlying perspectives and evalutations of the interpreter are regarded as important ingredients in the whole process

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck , 1995.
Keyword [en]
Old Testament, pluralism, interpretation, von Rad, Barr, Trible, Croatto, Levenson, Childs
National Category
Religious Studies Gender Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology; Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24646ISBN: 3161465873 (print)OAI: diva2:598415


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