Gospel narratives, miracles, and the ‘critical’ reader: the eclipse of the supernatural

Birch, J. (2015) Gospel narratives, miracles, and the ‘critical’ reader: the eclipse of the supernatural. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 5(1), pp. 61-93.

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The European Enlightenment and the nineteenth century were formative periods for modern biblical criticism, and are rightly associated with the rise of sceptical perspectives on the supernatural dimension of the Bible. This article argues for the persistence of pre-critical, theologically conditioned assumptions in the hermeneutical procedures of two influential writers on the subject of miracles in the Gospels: Thomas Woolston and David Friedrich Strauss. Their work helped to revive a theological tradition of non-realistic interpretation of biblical narrative which runs from Origen of Alexandria to Rudolf Bultmann and beyond.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Birch, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Birch, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception
Publisher:University of Otago
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Author
First Published:First published in Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 5(1):61-93
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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