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dc.contributor.authorNanno, Edward
dc.coverage.spatial404 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyses those differences in interpretation which occur when separate literary-theoretical approaches are applied to biblical texts. Hans Frei suggests that the biblical texts describe the world in a way which he calls "realistic narrative". Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutic recognises the disclosive power of the text and translates the subject matter of the text into a "way-of- being-in-the-world". Thus, the primary identity disclosed by the biblical narratives differs. For Frei, it is the identity of Jesus which is disclosed; for Ricoeur, it is "our common human Christian identity". These two thinkers have usually been compared theologically. However, I contend that the theological investigations of both Frei and Ricoeur have been influenced by the literary approaches which guide their theological work. I give an exposition of this relationship in chapter one. In chapter two, I sketch out the implications of this relationship, focusing on the issue of narrative identity. In the final chapter, critiques of both systems are investigated as I attempt to deal with the force of these objections. This dissertation investigates Frei's and Ricoeur's construals of narrative identity (as constructed through the reading of Biblical texts). My working hypothesis is that the construals of identity formulated by Frei and Ricoeur rely upon formalist, narrative "interpretations”. My thesis contends that in their respective approaches to the notion of narrative identity, neither thinker has completely abandoned his early literary-theoretical roots in his theological proposals.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.subjectPaul Ricoeuren_US
dc.subjectHans Freien_US
dc.subjectNarrative identityen_US
dc.subjectNew criticismen_US
dc.subjectLiterary theoryen_US
dc.subjectPersonal identityen_US
dc.subjectReflexive philosophyen_US
dc.subjectInterpretation theoryen_US
dc.subjectTrevor Harten_US
dc.subject.lcshFrei, Hans Wilhelm
dc.subject.lcshRicoeur, Paul
dc.titleThe literary-theoretical influences on the thought of Hans Frei and Paul Ricoeur, with reference to narrative identityen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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