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When they, we, and the passive become I – Introducing autobiographical biblical criticism

P.J.W. Schutte
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 61, No 1/2 | a432 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v61i1/2.432 | © 2005 P.J.W. Schutte | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 October 2005 | Published: 09 October 2005

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P.J.W. Schutte, Unversity of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to introduce the reader to autobiographical biblical criticism. Autobiographical biblical criticism entails an explicitly autobiographical performance within the act of criticism. Autobiographical biblical criticism is to implement personal criticism as a form of self-disclosure, wittingly, while reading a text as a critical exegete. It thus has to do with a willing, knowledgeable, outspoken involvement on the part of the critic with the subject matter. This phenomenon is a natural consequence of the postmodern shift towards a personal spirituality. These issues are investigated and the phenomenon of this exegetical method is evaluated in the article.

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