(Ger. place [or situation] in life; origin in life situation). Term used for hist. con text (e.g., activity of a community). Exegetes try to determine the Sitz im Leben of a book or passage to help determine its meaning. See also Gunkel, Johann Friedrich Hermann; Hermeneutics, 5; Higher Criticism, 16.
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