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Pauline Ethics:An Application of Liberation Hermeneutics

Biblical Theology Bulletin , Volume 12 (4): 125 – Oct 1, 1982


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Pauline Ethics:An Application of Liberation Hermeneutics


Pauline EthicsAn Application of Liberation Hermeneutics SAGE Publications, Inc.1982DOI: 10.1177/014610798201200405 Anthony Tambasco Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057 It seems fair to say that the crucial questions to be answered in biblical studies are more in the area of methodology than content. We need to establish our hermeneutics, our principles of interpretation, before beginning our exegesis, the actual process of interpretation, in order to derive content from the text. Modern biblical studies have confidently assumed that we all knew the hermeneutics. Ethical issues among a host of other reasons have sent us back to make our hermeneutics explicit. In this study I will focus on a very narrow part of hermeneutics. I would like to consider some suggestions that claim to give insight into uncovering the social ethics of the biblical text. The hermeneutics have been developed a great deal by the so-called liberation theology, but I do not think that some of its insights are restricted to liberation theology alone. In the course of this article 1 will try to show how liberation theology seems to be giving specification and further insight into methods developed in first-world schools of hermeneutics. Historical criticism prevalent during the modern period has
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