Rahner on Exegesis and Dogmatic Theology

Karl Rahner, writing to his colleagues:

You know less about exegesis than you should. As a dogmatic theologian you rightly claim to be allowed to engage in the work of exegesis and biblical theology in your own right, and not just to accept the results of the exegetical work of the specialist…But then you must perform the work of exegesis in the way it has to be done today and not in the way you used to do it in the good old days…Your exegesis in dogmatic theology must be convincing also to the specialist in exegesis.

From “Exegesis and Dogmatic Theology” in Theological Investigations 5, cited in Joseph Fitzmyer, The Interpretation of Scripture, 12.


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