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Existential Interpretation
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Against the background of the existentialism (theology) of R. Bultmann (Neues Testament und Mythologie, 1941; ET: The New Testament and Mythology, 1941), existential interpretation refers to a hermeneutics (III; V, 2) of biblical, especially NT, texts, specifically grounded in existential analysis (Dasein) as a counterpart to the program of demythologization. It assumes the foreignness of the biblical (mythical) worldview and the resulting difficulties in understanding for the enlightened, “scientifically” educated modern person…

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Rosenau, Hartmut, “Existential Interpretation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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