Volume 1, Tome II: Kierkegaard and the Bible - The New Testament: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Volume 1, Tome II: Kierkegaard and the Bible - The New Testament

1st Edition

By Lee C. Barrett

Edited by Jon Stewart


352 pages

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Exploring Kierkegaard's complex use of the Bible, the essays in this volume use source-critical research and tools ranging from literary criticism to theology and biblical studies, to situate Kierkegaard's appropriation of the biblical material in his cultural and intellectual context. The contributors seek to identify the possible sources that may have influenced Kierkegaard's understanding and employment of Scripture, and to describe the debates about the Bible that may have shaped, perhaps indirectly, his attitudes toward Scripture. They also pay close attention to Kierkegaard's actual hermeneutic practice, analyzing the implicit interpretive moves that he makes as well as his more explicit statements about the significance of various biblical passages. This close reading of Kierkegaard's texts elucidates the unique and sometimes odd features of his frequent appeals to Scripture. This volume in the series devotes one tome to the Old Testament and a second tome to the New Testament. As with the Old Testament, Kierkegaard was aware of new developments in New Testament scholarship, and troubled by them. Because these scholarly projects generated alternative understandings of the significance of Jesus, they impinged directly on his own work. It was crucial for Kierkegaard that Jesus is presented as both the enactment of God's reconciliation with humanity and as the prototype for humanity to emulate. Consequently, Kierkegaard had to struggle with the proper way to explicate persuasively the significance of Jesus in a situation of decreasing academic consensus about Jesus. He also had to contend with contested interpretations of James and Paul, two biblical authors vital for his work. As a result, Kierkegaard ruminated about the proper way to appropriate the New Testament and used material from it carefully and deliberately. The authors in the present New Testament tome seek to clarify different dimensions of Kierkegaard's interpretive theory and practice as he sought to avoid the twin pitfalls of academic skepticism and passionless biblical traditionalism.


'Lee Barrett and Jon Stewart have given to the international community of Kierkegaard scholars an excellent collection of articles on Kierkegaard and the New Testament… Each author in the volume has written with keenness of mind and heart about Kierkegaard and his approach to the Bible. The book makes a very significant contribution to Kierkegaard and biblical scholarship. May it receive the kind of attention in the scholarly community it so richly deserves.' Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I Individual Texts and Figures: Simeon and Anna : exemplars of patience and expectancy, Lee C. Barrett; Jesus' miracles: Kierkegaard on the miracle of faith, Jolita Pons; Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Lee C. Barrett; The lily in the field and the bird in the air: an endless liturgy in Kierkegaard's authorship, Leo Stan; Peter: the 'pitiable prototype', Kyle A. Roberts; The Pharisee: Kierkegaard's polyphonic personification of a univocal idea, Paul Martens; The Tax Collector: model of inwardness, Timothy H. Polk; The Woman in Sin: Kierkegaard's late female prototype, Paul Martens; Lazarus : Kierkegaard's use of a destitute beggar and a resurrected friend, Kyle A. Roberts; The Crucifixion: Kierkegaard's use of the New Testament narratives, Lee C. Barrett; The Resurrection: Kierkegaard's use of the Resurrection as symbol and as reality, Lee C. Barrett; Paul: herald of grace and paradigm of Christian living, Lori Unger Brandt; James: putting faith to action, Kyle A. Roberts. Part II Overview Articles: Kierkegaard's Latin translations of the New Testament: a constant dialogue with the Vulgate, Niels W. Bruun and Finn Gredal Jensen; Kierkegaard's use of the New Testament: intratextuality, indirect communication, and appropriation, Timothy H. Polk; Kierkegaard's Biblical hermeneutics: imitation, imaginative freedom, and paradoxical fixation, Joel D.S. Rasmussen; Kierkegaard and 18th- and 19th-century Biblical scholarship: a case of incongruity, Mogens Müller; Indexes.

About the Author/Editor

Professor Lee C. Barrett lectures at Lancaster Theological Seminary in the USA. Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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