John 1:14a and Rudolf Bultmann's hermeneutical method

Labron, Timothy (1998) John 1:14a and Rudolf Bultmann's hermeneutical method. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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"Kαì ó λóγος σὰρξ έγένετο" - "and the Word became flesh" (John 1:14a)--is a key verse in the thought of Rudolf Bultmann. His interpretation of this verse is, in fact, paradigmatic for understanding his whole hermeneutical method. Yet the conventional understanding of his interpretation of 1:14a and, consequently, his hermeneutical method, is beset with misunderstandings. -- The difficulty of understanding Bultmann's hermeneutical method results from placing it in a Cartesian context, which seeks a clear and objective interpretation. Bultmann's thought, however, resists such Cartesian contextualization. A post-structural context, which similarly rejects Cartesianism, is better suited as a context for understanding Bultmann's thought. -- It is imperative, however, that John 1:14a and the theological principle of justification by faith be shown as the core of his thought, rather than reducing his hermeneutical method to a philosophy. By the juxtaposition of a post-structural context, John 1:14a, and justification by faith, a renewed and more fruitful discussion of Bultmann and his hermeneutical method may follow.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9215
Additional Information: Bibliography: pages 91-94.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Bultmann, Rudolf, 1884-1976; Bible--John I, 14a; Bible--Hermeneutics

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