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Bibil Identifier bibil:202515
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Ein Sonderling im Zeitalter der Kritik
Title (German, ) Johann Georg Hamann im Gespräch über die Bibel
Author Lindner, Helgo
Journal Theologische Beiträge (Volume: 39, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language German
Pages 41-48 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The term "odd sort" (in the sense of a strange fellow) seems to me just right for H. as a scholar who basically opposes the concerns of his age of Enlightenment. Nevertheless he was not a stranger to his time or insensitive toward its problems. He did not try to repristinate orthodox teaching. In some points he even is to be seen as a forerunner of modern biblical criticism (Deissmann), but for him the sacred texts were not to be understood in a context of "mere humanity", moreover they give expression to God's condescension — which is to be recognized not only in its aspects of creation and salvation (incarnation, crucifixion) but also in that of his inspiration of the Scripture. God is ,"an author" or "a writer" (!) and the humble style of the Bible as opposed to the language of both philosophers and scientists is an evidence of its authenticity, which cannot be appreciated but by a loving person. In a similar way this can be said about H. himself: He was not understood by Herder, Goethe, Hegel, all of whom were convinced to have insight in H.'s concern, but did not meet the theological origin of his thinking. In his own words: "The beams of God's glory are visible only to the eyes of a friend, ... of a lover."
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 18th century
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