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Contesting Exegesis A Response To Eep Talstra And Reinoud Oosting

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This chapter presents a letter written by Gerald West to Eep Talstra and Reinoud Oosting. Whereas Eep and Reinoud work from the assumption that biblical scholarship begins with the historical-critical method, Gerald says it was careful attention to the biblical text that generated the need for such tools. The return of interest in the text has generated a whole host of critical methodological tools. With these tools our foremothers and fathers in the discipline may have come to rather different conclusions about what was felt to be a difficulty in the reading of the text. Gerald's strongest disagreement is with the duo's insistence that non-historical-critical readings are equal to actualisation. According to Gerald, what all biblical scholars have in common is their common commitment to a two-stage or two-moment process of exegesis and actualisation.

Keywords: actualisation; Eep Talstra; exegesis; Gerald West; Reinoud Oosting



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