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Divine Action

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Author(s): Schunack, Gerd | Mühling-Schlapkohl, Markus
[German Version] I. Bible – II. Dogmatics – III. Philosophy of Religion I. Bible The discourse of divine action is one that is analogical, anthropomorphic, and related to history. It speaks of God's active, creative, judging, and saving being in his relationship to humankind and to the world, which was disclosed in the Christ event as love. Exegetically, three aspects are to be distinguished: 1. Biblical statements about an activity of God that is defined by its contents use …

Kerygma

(1,616 words)

Author(s): Schunack, Gerd | McFarland, Ian A.
[German Version] I. New Testament – II. Dogmatics I. New Testament 1. In the Greek world, κήρυγμα/ kḗrygma originally denoted the function of a herald – proclamation of an event, a decree, or an honor. It referred primarily to the action but could also mean the content of the public proclamation. While the verb κηρύσσειν/ kērýssein plays an important role in the earliest Christian language of proclamation, the noun is rare in the New Testament. The Q tradition (Luke 11:32 par.; Matt 12:41) cites the proclamation of Jonah calling on Nineveh to repe…

Hermeneutics

(8,461 words)

Author(s): Terrin, Aldo Natale | Dohmen, Christoph | Schunack, Gerd | Figal, Günter | Jeanrond, Werner G. | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Philosophy – V. Fundamental Theology – VI. Ethics – VII. Practical Theology – VIII. Cultural History I. Religious Studies The classical questions of hermeneutics concern the problems of understanding within a historical context that includes both what is to be interpreted and the one who is interpreting. The latter's horizon of understanding is effective as pre-understanding in dealing with documents of the past, whose history of influen…