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Title: Beyond Biblical Theology: Sacralized Culturalism in Heikki Raisanen's Hermeneutics
Author: Eskola, Timo
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004256927
Volumes: 1; Pages: 433
List Price in Cloth: $193.00 Our price: $163.99
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Reading Heikki Raisanen's hermeneutics in context, Timo Eskola explores the development of Western New Testament interpretation. Reclaiming a Wredean approach to the Scriptures, Raisanen focuses on tradition and interpretation. He builds on Weberian sociology, adopted through Peter Berger's theories, and substitutes sacralized culturalism for biblical theology.After examining fourteenth century Quran-criticism and its impact on Reimarus, Eskola discusses the genesis of the revised history-of-religion theory that Raisanen developed when investigating the Quran's relationship to the Bible. Sociology then becomes a link between standard historicism and poststructuralism as Raisanen reinterprets Berger's sociology of knowledge. Raisanen's sacralized culturalism finally becomes the theory from which his magnum opus The Rise of Christian Beliefs has been written.