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Title: Contours of a biblical reception theory : studies in the Rezeptionsgeschichte of Romans 13. 1-7
Author: Vasquez, Victor Manuel Morales
ISNI:       0000 0001 3543 1722
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2007
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Abstract:
My doctoral research work is the product of my interest in the areas of literature, philosophy and biblical scholarship which has grown over the years. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of a biblical text is afforded in this dissertation. In the first part of the dissertation, I shall discuss the theoretical grounds for the study of the Rezeptionsgeschichte of a biblical text. In chapter 1, I shall argue in favour of the rehistoricisation of biblical exegesis in the light of the concept of the historicity of understanding as proposed by Gadamer in his philosophical hermeneutics and by Jauss in his aesthetics of reception. In chapter 2, I shall survey the appropriation ofthese concepts and insights for biblical exegesis. The selection of these exegetical works represents various stages in their appropriation ranging from a sheer awareness of them to their methodological application. The contours of a Biblical Reception Theory shall be outlined in chapter 3. There I propose methodological guidelines for the study of the Rezeptiollsgeschichte of biblical texts based on the hypothetical reconstruction of their early reception, the encyclopaedic competence of their readers, and the recognition of the genres in which their various instances ofreception are given. The Rezeptiollsgeschichte of Romans 13. 1-7 can be described as an interplay between successive readings down the ages. Put differently, the history of reception of a biblical text is an account of the concrete interaction between the effects of the text and its readers whose life-world is rooted in pragmatic history. In the second part of the dissertation I shall attempt to establish the various links and paradigm shifts between a selection of influential instances of reception of Paul's paraenesis by comparing them in order to obtain a broader perspective of its Sac/teo In chapter 4, the selected instances of reception of Rom. 13.1-7 represent significant concerns which are part of the horizon of its contemporary readers. The reconstruction of an early reception of Paul's paraenesis is rendered in chapter 5. It is important to notice the hypothetical character of this reconstruction which is intended to facilitate the possibility of drawing productive comparisons with other instances of reception with the purpose of gaining a fresh perspective of its Sac/teo In chapter 6, significant instances of reception from the late 1st,2nd and 3rd centuries shall be studied, namely, Clement's of Rome, Polycarp's, Irenaeus' and Origen's reception of Rom. 13. 1-7. In chapter 7, significant instances of reception from the 4th century shall be discussed, namely, Chrysostom's and Ambrosiaster's receptions of Paul's paraenesis. Aquinas' reception of Rom. 13.1-7 as its most significant instance of reception ofthe 13th century is also studied in this chapter.
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Qualification Name: University of Liverpool, 2007 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.490636  DOI: Not available
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