This is not a blog about Rudolf Bultmann, nor a space for “demythologizing” the Bible. Rather, this blog aims to find space at the crossroads of Biblical/Theological Academia and the Church, and proposes the following:
1) The impetus for the composition of the biblical texts are the existential crises that all humans may encounter, not limited to, but including: identity, justice, and subsistence.
2) These human crises, therefore, are the crucial issues that biblical faiths must encounter in an honest manner and prioritize ahead of ontological claims such as creedal statements or orthodox doctrine.
While these are not the crises that Rudolf Bultmann lists, they are, I argue, an extension of his existential hermeneutics. My previous blog (valuedexchanges.com) led me to a self-realization that I was in fact already pursuing this hermeneutic, most prominently from my post The Cosmic Totality of Satan the Serpent. Rather than thinking that I’d arrived at the same conclusions as Bultmann independently, I realized that a number of my professors had a line of academic advisors that could be traced back to Bultmann himself–an odd apostolic succession, perhaps. For more posts about Bultmann, search the blog for “Bultmannia.”
I am a PhD student in New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I specialize in Gospels, Parables, and Luke and the Roman Economy. From time to time, I will blog about these as well, separately from my “existential” posts. Please post questions, offer challenges, and words of encouragement.
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Adam B. (aka Bultmanniac)