This study explores and compares the role of the canon in the work of Brevard S. Childs, James A. Sanders, Peter Stuhlmacher, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, and the Amsterdam School of exegesis, thus offering a broad overview of approaches and perspectives within the spectrum covered by canonical criticism. In doing so, both the theory of canonical criticism offered by each of the five is analysed and a sample of an actual exegesis is discussed. Observing that the interplay between text, reader, and community of interpretation is key to all of these approaches, the study proceeds to create a dialogue between canonical criticism and ecumenical hermeneutics, which leads to a proposal for an approach to exegesis that integrates elements of canonical hermeneutics, ecumenical hermeneutics, and intercultural perspectives.
Peter-Ben Smit (1979) holds a Dr. theol. in New Testament Studies from the University of Bern (2005), the degree of Habilitation from the same university (2010) in Church history and Old Catholicism, and a ThD in Anglican Studies from General Theological Seminary (2011, New York). He is currently extraordinary professor of Ancient Catholic Church Structures at Utrecht University, assistant professor of New Testament at VU University Amsterdam, and a research associate in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria.
Everyone interested in biblical hermeneutics and exegesis in the ecumenical movement, especially those interested in the question of the canon and the hermeneutical issues that it raises.