David Luckensmeyer: Identifying Our Assumptions

David Luckensmeyer, The Eschatology of First Thessalonians (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009), 10.

All scholars who take the text of the NT seriously must attempt (at least) to identify the assumptions and preunderstandings they bring to a text. Exegesis without presuppositions is an impossibility. The problem then is not the starting point of a particular preunderstanding. It is rather, a failure to criticise one’s own preunderstanding in light of his/her findings, or an unwillingness to reformulate or even abandon a cherished a priori….

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