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Author QuotedRudolf Bultmann
Title QuotedForm Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament Research
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/01/06
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1962
QuotationBultmann's Essays have been a revelation to me, so powerful, so urgent, so important that every sentence stops me and I don't seem to get anywhere. I am snowed under by it. The extraordinary grasp of Greek thought which he has and which he always transcends in order to end in a Biblical and eschatological freedom. The seminal influence of Heidegger, whom he appropriates and develops in a fully New Testament and Kerygmatic way. Fantastically good. How many of my own old ideas I can now abandon or revise. He has revealed to me the full limitations of all my early work, which is utterly naive and insufficient, except in what concerns my own experience. He says: "Grace can never be possessed but can only be received afresh again and again."
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 55
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