Revelation and the Hermeneutics of Love

  • Werner G. JeanrondEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 7)


In this essay, I reflect on the hermeneutical predicament of all references to revelation. Any adequate treatment of revelation must attend to the necessary linguistic/symbolic mediation of religious experience in general and of transcendence in particular. Hence, in a first move, I reflect on different hermeneutical options and on the overall significance of hermeneutics for theological thinking. In a second move, I discuss the challenge of a hermeneutics of love capable to treat not only of difference but also of radical difference. In a third and final move, I offer some conclusions for Christian praxis and theology faced with the challenges of both globalisation and religious pluralism.


Revelation Hermeneutics of love Religious experience Symbolic mediation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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