A reinterpretation of Scripture that seeks to make the Bible more palatable for the modern, post-Enlightenment reader by interpreting the ancients’ spirits and miracles using natural and scientific explanations.
Demythologization A reinterpretation of Scripture that seeks to make the Bible more palatable for the modern, post-Enlightenment reader by interpreting the ancients’ spirits and miracles using natural and scientific explanations.
Demythologization. Hermeneutical program proposed and followed by the German NT theologian Rudolf Bultmann. Speaking to a pastors’ conference in 1941, Bultmann challenged the theological world to take up the task of freeing the NT message from the mythological worldview of the first century. Similar
demythologizing. (Ger. Entmythologisierung) A term employed from 1941 by R. *Bultmann (q.v.) for his proposal to interpret the NT critically in order to express the theological meaning of its mythological language. Bultmann claimed that the biblical three-storied universe, belief in *miracles,
Demythologization. A technical term usually associated with Rudolf Bultmann, dating from a pastors’ conference on April 21, 1941, in Frankfurt, Germany. There Bultmann delivered his famous lecture published in English as The New Testament and Mythology. Bultmann’s thesis was that contemporary humanity,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DEMYTHOLOGIZE. A method of interpretation that attempts to liberate enduring truths from their time-bound mythological contexts. The Bible’s creation narratives, prophetic oracles, miracle stories and psalms of lament illustrate that in the ancient mind, the material and spiritual worlds were always
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
DEMYTHOLOGIZATIONRudolf *Bultmann announced his programme of demythologization in a lecture in 1941, ‘New Testament and Mythology’, and developed it in Jesus Christ and Mythology (1958). He declared: ‘We cannot use electric lights and radios and, in the event of illness, avail ourselves of modern medical