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Sitz im Leben



Sitz im Leben

  1. (idiomatic) ("sit in life") sociological setting

Usage notesEdit

Though sometimes rendered by phrases like "life setting", "situation in life" etc. the German term Sitz im Leben is better translated by "sociological setting" or left untranslated. As a technical term, it refers to the social setting of a text, particularly in the Bible. Invented by one Hermann Gunkel, it is primarily used today in academic contexts, especially theological studies.