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12 Postmodern Orthodoxy? Text, Interpretation, and History in Orthodox Scholarship

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This chapter identifies the paradox of a postmodern Orthodox hermeneutics, but also shows that the paradox lies equally in hermeneutics and in Orthodoxy, and is thus independent of "West"- or "East"-attributions. The epistemological distinction between text (canon) and interpretation (canonicity) gains even more impact if applied to the concept of scriptural inspiration. The separation of historical knowledge from individual faith is problematic in several respects, as the question is how this 'faith' relates to historical reality. Even if there are points of contact, Western and Orthodox scholarship diverge on the acknowledgment of the findings of biblical criticism and historical research. One initiative trying to bridge the gap between Western and Orthodox scholarship is that of Orthodox-Western New Testament Scholars' conferences, where Western and Orthodox theologians discuss biblical and ecclesial themes on an ecumenical basis.

Keywords: biblical criticism; epistemological distinction; Orthodox scholarship; postmodern Orthodox hermeneutics



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