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By Jaco Gericke

This learn pioneers using philosophy of faith within the learn of the Hebrew Bible. After deciding upon the necessity for a sound philosophical method of Israelite faith, the amount lines the historical past of interdisciplinary relatives and exhibits how descriptive types of philosophy of faith can reduction the explanation of the Hebrew Bibles personal metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical assumptions. new interpretative methodologies are constructed and accordingly utilized via an advent to what the biblical texts took without any consideration in regards to the nature of spiritual language, the concept that of deity, the houses of Yhwh, the lifestyles of gods, spiritual epistemology, and the relation among faith and morality.

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To be sure, different ways of categorizing approaches are possible. See GriffithDickson, Philosophy of Religion, 25. 50. Eugene T. Long, Twentieth-Century Western Philosophy of Religion, 1900–2000 (HCPR 1; Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003), 388. 51. For a useful overview of this current, see Willam Hasker, “Analytic Philosophy of Religion,” in Wainwright, Oxford Handbook, 421–45. 52. See Cupitt, Philosophy’s Own Religion, 15. PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION 31 of these earlier trends. 53 Aside from utilizing elements in the phenomenology of religion, the methodology developed in this study will not make extensive use of this current and its concerns.

Its historical precursors lie in neorealism and philosophical analysis. Assuming that religious language is at least meaningful, the primary focus is no longer natural theology but religious epistemology and the relation between faith and rationality. , the trinity, incarnation, and atonement in Christian dogmatics). 52 Even so, the interest in conceptual clarification in this current—as well as its topical skeleton—will be adopted and adapted for the development of a descriptive philosophical approach to the study of ancient Israelite religion.

37 36. For an introduction to the analytic tradition, see James F. Harris, Analytic Philosophy of Religion (HCPR 3; London: Kluwer, 2002). For an introduction to the Continental tradition, see Philip Goodchild, “Continental Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction,” in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion: Approaches from Continental Philosophy (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy 289; ed. Anthony P. Smith and Daniel Whistler; New York: Fordham University Press, 2002), 1–39. Another excellent overview of Continental traditions is Merold Westphal, “Continental Philosophy of Religion,” in Wainwright, Oxford Handbook, 472–93.

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