Introduction: Intersections of Revelation and Hermeneutics

  • Christiaan Jacobs-VandegeerEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 7)


This introductory chapter begins by contextualizing the volume with reference both to post-conciliar shifts in understanding divine revelation as God’s self-communication in Christ, and to tensions surrounding the Papacy of Francis and his affirmation of creativity in ecclesial renewal. The chapter explains the overarching theme to which the authors respond – namely, the intersection of revelation and hermeneutics – and proposes that, taken as a whole, the essays illustrate a dynamic movement in contemporary discourse on revelation. That movement begins with the problem of historically mediated transcendence and proceeds to reflection on the transformative power of this complex area of speech. The second part of this introductory chapter includes brief descriptions of each of the essays.


Phenomenology Hermeneutics Revelation Vatican II Pope Francis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Religion and Critical InquiryAustralian Catholic UniversityEast MelbourneAustralia

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