According to Wolfhart Pannenberg the Scriptures are born out of the historical acts of God in salvation history. It is this focus upon history, most importantly from the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that sets Pannenberg apart from his contemporaries. Previous attempts to hurdle these historical issues such as theological positivism have given way in the postmodern era to the recognition that there are few uninterpretable facts as modernity claimed. As such, hermeneutics are key to the manner in which the Scriptures are interpreted. It is therefore the purpose of this paper to consider how Wolfhart Pannenberg, an important theologian of the twentieth century, argues the retroactive significance of the resurrection is the manner in which Jesus Christ is established to be the Messiah of Israel, united to God, and the reconciler of humanity to God. It is by means of his resurrection from the dead that the incarnation and cross are established, and moreover establishes a key hermeneutic not only for Christology but consequently for the interpretation of Scripture.
Ebel, Brian M.
"The Pannenbergzan Retroactive Significance of Resurrection,"
The Asbury Journal:
1, p. 47-63.
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