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Form Criticism - Form Criticism

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Author(s): Rudolf Pesch
Part of Form Criticism: 1. Form Criticism 2. Genus Litterarium Contemporary scientific views on the literature of the Old and New Testaments are to a large extent based on the results of the form criticism of our own century. This state of affairs makes it incumbent upon all who intend to adopt a responsible attitude toward the Bible to acquire a basic knowledge of the “methods of form criticism”, as well as of the results achieved by means of them for the “history of forms” in biblical writings. The offi…

Jesus Christ - Quest of the Historical Jesus

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Author(s): Rudolf Pesch
Part of Jesus Christ: 1. Biblical 2. Quest of the Historical Jesus 3. Christology 4. History of Dogma and Theology Historical investigation of the life of Jesus is inspired by the desire to establish a critically reliable picture of Jesus. From the time of the Synoptics and John’s Gospel onward there have been portraits of Jesus coloured by the spirit of their age and the theological perspective of their authors. The scientific quest for the historical Jesus is, however, a phenomenon of modern times. It has develop…

Man (Anthropology) - Biblical

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Author(s): Rudolf Pesch
Part of Man (Anthropology): 1. Philosophical 2. Biblical 3. Theological 1. Preliminary questions of hermeneutics. None of the writings of the Old or New Testament represents a conscious attempt to produce a systematic anthropology either from the scientific, the philosophical or the theological points of view. In view of the complexity of the material covered by anthropology, which embraces the most disparate periods and branches of tradition, it is especially important to determine the line of approach of th…


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Author(s): Rudolf Pesch
No single and consistent portrayal of the eschatological figure of “Antichrist” is to be found in Scripture and tradition. It varies alike in the manner in which it is presented and in the characteristics ascribed to it and in the significance attached to it. In the course of the Church’s history the idea has been so much bandied about in ecclesiastical controversies both between hostile sects and between warring factions within the Church itself; under the impulse of hatred or fear it has so of…