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Hermeneutiese uitgangspunte in historiese Jesus navorsing: Metodologiese vooronderstellings

P. A. Geyser
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 56, No 4 | a1811 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v56i4.1811 | © 2000 P. A. Geyser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2000 | Published: 14 December 2000

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P. A. Geyser, Departement Nuwe-Testamentiese Wetenskap, Universiteit van Pretoia, South Africa

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Abstract

Hermeneutical premises in historical Jesus research: Methodological presuppositions. The focus of this article is the presuppositions concerning the interpretation of the New Testament with reference to historical Jesus studies. Regarding the rhetorics of a text, communication conventions are discussed and applied to the concept "Kingdom of God". The concepts "situation" and "strategy" are investigated. "Situation" refers to the circumstances and aims of a writing. "Strategy" refers to the writer's persuasive techniques to bring the audience to appropriate action. The following social institutions of the audience should be taken into consideration: kinship, economy, politics and religion. Social-scientific criticism presupposes that both the social and historical disciplines are necessary for an adequate interpretation of ancient texts and their social contexts. The socio-historical approach investigates the intended meaning of texts, their Wirkungsgeschichte and relevance for the present-day reader.

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