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Geschichtstheorien und Neues Testament.

Gedächtnis, Diskurs, Kultur und Narration in der historiographischen Diskussion

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This article seeks to challenge the strict division between historical-critical and literary-critical methods of interpreting NT texts. In so doing, theories employed in historical scholarship since the linguistic turn, such as memory research, discourse theory, and cultural anthropology, are taken up, with particular attention given to insights relevant for NT studies from the field of narrative history. The specific relationship between history and literature in early Christian texts can be determined more precisely only through the methods utilized in historical narratology. In such an approach, both the narrative composition and the historical referentiality must be considered and analyzed, as well as the specific relationship between factuality and fictionality. Ultimately, the deriving of meaning from and through narrative creates hermeneutical possibilities since the NT narrative examples for making the past present facilitate contemporary attempts to bridge the gap to these source texts.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2011

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  • The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, Early Christianity aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the "New Testament" itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.

    This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called "early Christianity" comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.

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