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10. Conclusion: Chains of Interpretation

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Professor emeritus Heikki Rӓisӓnen has been an influential figure and enthusiastic debator throughout his career both in Finland and the international field. As regards hermeneutics, his programmatic book Beyond New Testament Theology presents new visions in New Testament studies. Rӓisӓnen challenges traditional ways to understand New Testament theology and proposes a renewed Wredean history-of-religion approach to the investigation of early Christian thought world. This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which explains how Rӓisӓnen's interpretation theory developed. Rӓisӓnen, in his hermeneutics, is indebted first and foremost to Reimarus for his transformative world view the same issue that inspired the entire genesis of historical-critical study of the Bible. Like many of his predecessors, Rӓisӓnen is convinced that the new naturalist world view is true. For him, the world and the human understanding of the world, as well as history, have changed irreversibly.

Keywords: Bible; chains of interpretation; early Christianity; Finland; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; New Testament studies



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