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Parables for Our TimeRereading New Testament Scholarship after the Holocaust$
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Tania Oldenhage

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019515052X.001.0001

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Limit‐Experiences of Human Life

Limit‐Experiences of Human Life

(p.124) 11 Limit‐Experiences of Human Life
Parables for Our Time

Tania Oldenhage (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a critical reading of what Oldenhage calls the “limit‐rhetoric” in Ricoeur's 1975 essay “Biblical Hermeneutics.” Oldenhage points out that during the 1970s the notion of limit was already becoming a crucial trope within Holocaust literary studies. Focusing on Terrence Des Pres's study of Holocaust testimonies, Oldenhage explores how notions such as “limit‐situation” or “extremity” helped Des Pres to draw attention to the experiences of Holocaust survivors that so far had been ignored or misinterpreted. By cross‐reading the fields of Holocaust studies and New Testament parable studies, Oldenhage raises questions about Ricoeur's deployment of the charged trope of “limit‐experiences” in relation to the parables of Jesus.

Keywords:   rhetoric, Holocaust testimonies, Holocaust survivors, parables of Jesus, biblical hermeneutics, Paul Ricoeur

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