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1. From Riccoldo to Reimarus to Raisanen

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Heikki Rӓisӓnen is well known both for his studies on Paul and his theory of biblical interpretation. What is less commonly known is his interest in the early development of historical critical investigation of the Bible. This chapter focuses on the earliest possible phase of the scientific investigation of the Scriptures, namely on the genesis of Hermann Samuel Reimarus' historical criticism. Medieval Quran criticism is naturally not the first subject that leaps to mind when searching for the earliest roots of historical criticism of the Bible and it may also sound surprising as a criteria for investigating Rӓisӓnen's premises. Rӓisӓnen has always been interested in the possibility of investigating the Quran in terms of the historical-critical method. Rӓisӓnen is familiar with medieval Quran critics such as Riccoldo da Monte di Croce. Of the medieval authors Riccoldo is mentioned in this context as one who represented 'the climax' of the critical tradition.

Keywords: biblical interpretation; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; Hermann Samuel Reimarus; Medieval Quran; Riccoldo da Monte di Croce



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