The reception history of 2 Thessalonians with special reference to John Chrysostom, Haimo of Auxerre, and John Calvin
Talbert, Andrew Rhett (2012) The reception history of 2 Thessalonians with special reference to John Chrysostom, Haimo of Auxerre, and John Calvin. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
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Taking up the concept of reception history/Rezeptionsästhetik, as described by its founder, Hans Robert Jauss, this project considers the way in which diverse contexts shape the ways in which readers of 2 Thessalonians have historically interpreted the epistle. Supplementing Jauss’ methodology with insights from theological scholars, the larger questions of biblical meaning and continuity between biblical interpreters enters the discussion. In the former case, this research discounts the bifurcated directions of historical positivism that equates biblical meaning either with historical background or authorial intent. Related to this, the research proposes the continuity between historical interpreters of 2 Thessalonians be construed in terms of historical dialogue, which constitutes the being of the work.
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