Sitz im Leben

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German[edit]

Phrase[edit]

Sitz im Leben

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

Usage notes[edit]

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.