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Reading the New Testament from the perspective of social theory of institutionalization  [cached]
Y. Dreyer
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2001, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v66i3.394
Abstract: The objective of this article is to approach the interpretation of the Christian Bible from the perspective of the sociological process of the development from authority to power. Firstly, a hypothesis with regard to a postmodern, demystifying reading of the Christian Bible will be posed. Secondly, the use of terms and concepts will be clarified. Thirdly, the focus will be on the development from authority to power. Exposing the ideological interests underlying social processes is called demystification. In the article the social theory of Max Weber with regard to institutionalization, power and authority will be discussed and applied in a heuristic model for the interpretation of the New Testament within the framework of social processes. The model focuses on the Jesus movement as a process of revitalization within Judaism.
An African American perspective on the New Testament Commentary  [cached]
Ignatius (Natie) W.C. van Wyk
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.982
Abstract: How to cite this book review: Van Wyk, I.W.C., 2010, ‘An African American perspective on the New Testament’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #982, 1 page. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.982
Walter Schmithals: His contribution to the theological and historical interpretation of the New Testament
Piet B. Boshoff
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.780
Abstract: The aim of this article was to explain Walter Schmithals’ unique understanding of the unity of the New Testament message. It focuses on his historical en theological interpretation of the New Testament within the parameters of the historical-critical paradigm. This article describes how Schmithals combines historical criticism with the core tenets of Protestant theology. The following facets were emphasised: Gnosticism, gospel studies and Q, Paul, early Christianity, emperor cult, separation from the synagogue, historical Jesus, apocalypticism, historical Jesus, the relationship between the Old and New Testament, ecclesiology and New Testament ethics. How to cite this article: Boshoff, P.B., 2011, ‘Walter Schmithals: His contribution to the theological and historical interpretation of the New Testament ’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #780, 15 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.780
Walter Schmithals: His contribution to the theological and historical interpretation of the New Testament
PB Boshoff
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011,
Abstract: The aim of this article was to explain Walter Schmithals’ unique understanding of the unity of the New Testament message. It focuses on his historical en theological interpretation of the New Testament within the parameters of the historical-critical paradigm. This article describes how Schmithals combines historical criticism with the core tenets of Protestant theology. The following facets were emphasised: Gnosticism, gospel studies and Q, Paul, early Christianity, emperor cult, separation from the synagogue, historical Jesus, apocalypticism, historical Jesus, the relationship between the Old and New Testament, ecclesiology and New Testament ethics.
Religion and Secularity: The New Testament Perspective
Ven. Dr. Sola Igbari
Open Access Library Journal (OALib Journal) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1102573
Abstract: For many years in the history of humans, there had been conflicting views of the relationship between religion and secularity. Some adherents decry the fact that religion should have any relation with the secular because religion is entirely metaphysical while secularity relates to mundane things. In modern scholarship, this issue has continued to engage the attention of scholars, practioners of religion, individuals and the general public. Religion has both negative and positive dimensions. It is God’s gift to humans to be utilized for the betterment of the human society. Religion is also a veritable tool to advance the course of secularity in the world to accomplish God’s purpose of creation. Hence this paper examines the modern man as a religionist in relation to the secular world where he lives and fulfils his destiny. In an attempt to achieve this objective, the New Testament perspective of the relationship between religion and secularity is what this paper tried to achieve so as to strengthen the fact that a Christian cannot be totally independent from the secular world where he lives and fulfils his purpose in life. In Pauline theology on religion and secularity, Christian has a vital role to play in bringing sanity to the secular world where he belongs by putting into practice the tenets of his faith so also, it is expected that he enjoys maximally certain amenities and privileges which are provided by the secular world. It is obvious that one cannot do without the other.
Poverty and Corruption in the New Testament Perspective
Olusola Igbari
Open Access Library Journal (OALib Journal) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1102965
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In recent times, scholars have engaged themselves with these two words “poverty” and “corruption” most especially in relation to what Africans experience on their way to economic emancipation e.g. Nigeria and Kenya. There had been a struggle between poverty and corruption. The bible also is not left out in this struggle. Poverty and corruption as we know the two today are not only African problems. They are universal phenomena. It is generally true to say that whenever there are extreme poverty and corruption everywhere, all the miseries that come with poverty and corruption, majority of the cases show a black face, an indigenous person, a caste, an orphan, a widow, woman or young person who is jobless and so on. The two cuts across all races, religion and cultures. By implication they are described as endemic in any human existence. The greatest evidence of poor people in Africa is lack of opportunities, lack of political power and voice to be global player in the world where economics defines success. Hence, this paper examines how poverty is related to corruption and vice versa. It also examines the New Testament perspective and assesses poverty and corruption in the contemporary experiences in Africa. This paper also suggests some ways out of the woods to ameliorate these challenges that almost cripple the dignity of humans which confront Africa in the 21st Century.
New Testament Textual Criticism is dead! Long live New Testament Textual Criticism!
JE Botha
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2007,
Abstract: This article explores the notion that some of the basic assumptions upon which textual criticism is built, like the quest for an “original text”, have serious flaws and that much of what has been attempted the last 300 years is actually an exercise in futility. In this sense New Testament textual criticism can be declared dead. However, textual criticism, if viewed from a different perspective, can indeed be reimagined to make a fresh and important contribution to New Testament scholarship. HTS Theological Studies Vol. 63 (2) 2007: pp. 560-573
Hermeneutiese perspektiewe op geweld in die Nuwe Testament
PGR de Villiers
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2008,
Abstract: Hermeneutical perspectives on violence in the New Testament This article discusses hermeneutical perspectives on violence in the New Testament as they appear in articles in this publication and in New Testament Studies in general. It contrasts the traditional perspective on the New Testament as book of peace with the growing insight in its violent nature. It is followed by a discussion of the multi-faceted nature of both notions of peace and violence and the various forms in which they are expressed. After an analysis of the relationship between violence and its alternatives, the various forms of violence are outlined in terms of their relationship to their experiential realities. This is followed by remarks about an adequate methodology for the study of violence, the way in which violence is countered in the New Testament texts and, finally, three possible explanations for the nature of violence. HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies Vol. 64 (4) 2008: pp. 1923-1951
Identity formation in the New Testament
Markus Cromhout
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.276
Abstract: This article is a review of the book entitled Identity Formation in the New Testament (edited by Bengt Holmberg and Mikael Winninge, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2008). It is a collection of various articles using intertextuality, literary theory (and social identity approaches), gender studies and postcolonial theory when investigating identity formation in the New Testament. How to cite this article: Cromhout, M., 2009, ‘Identity formation in the New Testament’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1), Art. #276, 12 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.276
Faithfulness and the interpretation of identity in the New Testament
Philippus (Flip) J.W. Schutte
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.996
Abstract: How to cite this book review: Schutte, P.J.W., 2010, ‘Faithfulness and the interpretation of identity in the New Testament’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #996, 1 page. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.996
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