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2. A Panorama of Natural Theology: The Chain of Interpretation

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Heikki Rӓisӓnen is acquainted with Hermann Samuel Reimarus' legacy in many respects. His references to Quran criticism should probably be considered a coincidence, though, because Heikki Rӓisӓnen never claims that historical investigation of the Bible grew directly out this soil. Nevertheless, it is important to note that his interest in the same question eventually results in a historical-critical comparison of the Bible and the Quran. There are also other issues that connect Reimarus and Heikki Rӓisӓnen. The latter is indebted to the influential tradition of German historicism inaugurated by the former, and this lays the foundation for his most important hermeneutical idea, that of the chain of interpretation. Reading Heikki Rӓisӓnen's Beyond New Testament Theology reveals how he understands the genesis of proper scientific investigation of the Bible. This chapter focuses on issues that really influence Heikki Rӓisӓnen's hermeneutical theory.

Keywords: Bible; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; Hermann Samuel Reimarus; hermeneutical theory; natural theology; New Testament Theology; Quran criticism



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