Developing Exegetical Methods


This unit aims to reach a more detailed and precise description of the processes of literary history in the Hebrew Bible. The main interest of the group is to develop exegetical methods by analyzing the synergy effects which will appear by combining various methodological perspectives on the text. In the first year we will concentrate on the literary history and tradition criticism, in the following on form criticism and tradition history, as well as on textual and literary history. One intention in the discussion of relations between different methodological approaches is to encourage also a discussion between different exegetical traditions.


Key Words:

Methodology, Metatexutuality, Literary History, Redaction Criticism, Conceptualisation


Raik Heckl
University of Leipzig

Thomas Wagner
University of Wuppertal

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Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

Redaction Critique Understood as Part of a Discourse Analysis – Vorlagen  and Redactional Processes in the Formation of the Pentateuch


The evaluation of classical observations and theses on the literary  history of the Pentateuch from a discourse-analytical concept opens possibilities to reconsider the position of source and redaction criticism and other philological methodologies in the context of general text studies.

At the 2022 meeting, traditional approaches and solutions are to be brought into conversation with discursive analytical investigations. The different results are likely to be due to different models of how Biblical texts emerged. Therefore, one of the main focuses should be the formulation of appropriate models for the emergence of the Pentateuch and its precursors. Contributions that deal with “classical” theses on literary history are welcome, as are discourse-analytical considerations on the emergence of texts and the development of themes. A critical examination of the respective other methodological approach is desirable, so that the strengths and weaknesses of both methods become visible.