Eberhard Jüngel: An Introduction to his Theology by John Bainbridge Webster

By John Bainbridge Webster

This booklet is the 1st advent in any language to the paintings of Eberhard J?ngel, who more and more is known as one of many best modern Protestant German theologians. It furnishes a entire survey of his paintings as New testomony student, systematic theologian and thinker, focusing quite on his discussions of theological and spiritual language, the function of Christology, the doctrines of God and guy, and questions of normal theology. a few preliminary reviews of J?ngel's theology are provided within the mild of alternative present traditions of theology and philosophy, either English and German.

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Jiingel's Christocentrism will be amply illustrated as we look in detail at different aspects of his work, and its methodological and dogmatic viability will be assessed in the conclusion. For the present, it is important to note that Jungel is primarily interested in procedural issues in Christology - with questions of the structure and logic of Christological assertions, with questions of the foundational role of Christology for the whole dogmatic edifice. His concern, in other words, has been with the area of fundamental theology.

To the captures which revelation has made.. The hermeneutical task of theology consists in bringing revelation as revelation to speech by using the historico-critical method. Thus the hermeneutical task of theology17 is the consistent essence of the historico-critical method in theology. To summarise what has been necessarily a rather laboured discussion: one of the larger issues towards which JiingePs early work is directed is that of the coherence of exegesis and dogmatics, a coherence formulated through the use of the category of 'the Word'.

23 'Translation' not merely loses a rhetorical embellishment but an insight into what is the case which is inseparable from its metaphorical form. Perhaps the most significant work in this area is Ricoeur's study The Rule of Metaphor. One of Ricoeur's central observations is that the referential relationship found in literal discourse breaks down in literary language: 'the strategy of language proper to poetry... 27 Ricoeur's proposal is in many respects similar to that which Jungel makes. For above all Jungel stresses that metaphor is only properly understood when we call into question the finality of literal reality and the modes of discourse which express it.

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