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Creating A Liminal Space Of Communality A Response To Knut Holter

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This chapter presents a letter written by Louis Jonker to Knut Holter on the issue of creating a liminal space of communality. Louis talks about the need to talk more about the dialogical nature of meaning. 'Meaning-as-interaction' provides contours along which actualisation or contextualisation could take place. According to Louis, should the issue of interpretative identity not be focused upon in the efforts to cultivate a global hermeneutic? A third related issue, which certainly does not contradict the previous point on identity, is the notion of communality. Those who are trained in a Western model of scholarship, value individuality in biblical scholarship. Individual scholars specialise in certain textual corpora, exegetical methods, or related fields of study. Louis asks whether should we not try to create a liminal space of communality before any dialogue could start?.

Keywords: communality; interpretative identity; Knut Holter; liminal space; Louis Jonker; meaning-as-interaction



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