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The theory that he developed for this of two sources based on direct or indirect eyewitness testimony (the recollections of Peter recorded by Mark and the sayings source of the apostle Matthew), which was to gain great acceptance in Synoptic research as the “two-source theory,” was originally intended to undermine the thesis of a freely circulating oral Jesus tradition by referring to the two oldest, historically reliable sources on Jesus. Notwithstanding the acceptance, which rightly followed, of the two-source theory as the most plausible Synoptic explanatory model, Weisse’s approach hindered a reception of insights informed by a hermeneutics of history for a long time in Jesus research.

Thus the title of the leading essay in Rüsen 2003, 17–44. 9 With this the finding of the historical material, its critical evaluation, and its interpretation from the perspective of the later viewer were integrated into the foundation of modern historical scholarship. Three points that are especially important for the direction of questioning pursued here may be mentioned from Droysen’s approach. First, Droysen’s understanding of history is important. ”10 Accordingly, the amorphous torrent of past happening should not already be designated as history.

It is therefore not by chance that a significant difference of opinion can be observed between Bultmann and Dibelius at precisely this point. 29 This reference to “construction” as a necessary instrument for 27 Barth 1991, 212–26. Barth 1991, 226–50. 29 Dibelius 1929, 193–95. 28 2: Reflections on the Relationship between Historiography and Hermeneutics 29 the disclosure of historical situations in early Christianity can be brought into relationship with the aforementioned insights of Droysen and Baur.

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