Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

Ricoeur on myth and demythologising

Gert Jacobus Malan
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a2998 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.2998 | © 2016 Gert Jacobus Malan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 April 2015 | Published: 08 July 2016

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Gert Jacobus Malan, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Since Jean Paul Gustav Ricoeur’s passing away in 2005, there has been a significant international resurgence of interest in his work. Coming to grips with the sheer extent of Ricoeur’s publications on a variety of subjects can leave one thoroughly perplexed. This is also true when investigating his views on myth and demythologisation. Numerous of his publications expound from various perspectives his insights on myth and its interpretation. This investigation proposes to bring together Ricoeur’s extensive contributions on myth, its interpretation and demythologisation in order to present them in condensed form. This will pave the way for a future follow-up study to compare Ricoeur’s perspectives to Bultmann’s demythologisation program and consider combining their contributions for theological hermeneutics.

Keywords: myth; demythologising; Ricoeur; Bultmann; hermeneutics



myth; demythologising; Ricoeur; Bultmann; hermeneutics


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