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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter outlines the contours of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s approach to Scripture as God’s word and witness to Christ. It begins by examining the role of the Bible in Bonhoeffer’s own life and work, emphasising two of his main influences: Karl Barth and Martin Luther. The main part of the chapter turns to Bonhoeffer’s ways of attending to biblical texts in their historicity and substance. Finally, the chapter suggests that Bonhoeffer’s approach is marked by a posture of reading the Bible ‘against ourselves’—that is, to remain open to the Bible as God’s own cruciform word and witness.

Keywords: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther, Karl Barth, cruciform word, cruciform witness, Scripture, historicity

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