Hermeneutical Principles

The 'linguistic turn' of postmodernism has refocused the historian's task on 'text' rather than 'event'. Besides which, any attempt to recover the historical figure of Jesus is more or less exclusively a matter of dealing with ancient texts. So questions about history elide almost imperceptibly into questions about interpre

47. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God 31-4 6 (here 35 — Wright's emphasis) .

48. Telling the Truth 251, 254, 259, 285.

49. Telling the Truth 254-61 (here 254).

tation. Here too the above survey has produced some enduring insights on which it is still important to build.

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