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8. The Rise of Christian Beliefs

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The publication of The Rise of Christian Beliefs: The Thought World of Early Christians marked the climax of professor Heikki Rӓisӓnen's public career. He had actually just retired, and the monograph he had prepared for more than two decades starts with an apology for the delay. His monograph gathers together most of the themes he has held as essential in biblical studies. In order to understand Rӓisӓnen's line of thought in the Rise one needs to remember his hermeneutics of the chain of interpretation. This alone is not enough though since Rӓisӓnen's focus on contradictory diversity could be explained by his history-of-religions approach. The Bible for Rӓisӓnen, is as full of contradictions and legendary formulations as the Quran was for Reimarus. Rӓisӓnen does not think that scientific language is bound by a phenomenological reduction. Instead, he is convinced that science has perfect objective knowledge about this world and even history.

Keywords: biblical studies; chain of interpretation; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; Quran; The Rise of Christian Beliefs



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