Category Archives: Wirkungsgeschichte

More Mumford: “Babel”

In honor of Mumford & Sons winning the Grammy for “Best Album” last night for Babel (2012), I thought it might be worthwhile to consider the biblical allusions in the title track “Babel.” Babel is, in our English Bibles, the name for … Continue reading

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Wirkungsgeschichte (3): Mumford & Sons!

One of my favorite bands is Mumford & Sons, the English folk rockers whose new album Babel (2012) has recently set sales records here in the US. As is well known, Mumford’s lyrics are filled with biblical allusions – nearly … Continue reading

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Wirkungsgeschichte (2): The Millennium

The interpretation of the millennium in the Apocalypse of John (Rev 20) has been contested throughout church history. Background and exegetical study of the text is indecisive; there really is no such thing as “the Bible says” on this one. … Continue reading

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In Layman’s Terms: Wirkungsgeschichte (1)

Yes, it’s German, but what is is? It’s an idea worth being familiar with because some biblical scholars believe that the study of Wirkungsgeschichte is the future of NT studies. At the least, increased attention to Wirkungsgeschichte has significant potential for the way … Continue reading

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Imaging the Gospel Evangelists

In my seminar on the Theology of the Middle Ages, I came across a beautiful poem by Adam of St. Victor (d. 1146) on the Four Evangelists that draws on the rich Christian tradition of identifying the Gospel writers with … Continue reading

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