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Hammarskj ld’s interpretation of the Bible  [cached]
Jos Huls
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.892
Abstract: This article describes the use of the Bible in Dag Hammarskj ld’s famous and widely read publication, Markings (1988). It asks the question whether his use of the Bible reflects his personal experiences or whether it reflects his search for understanding the meaning of his vocation. The article focuses particularly on the relationship between Scripture and the awakening to the mystical process as it comes to the fore in his discussion of the Johannine passage on Jesus’ washing of the disciple’s feet before the Last Supper (Jn 13–14). In the first section of the article a new, precise version of the text in Markings is provided. Then, secondly, Hammarskj ld’s interpretation and representation of the contents of the passage are analysed. Finally, some general conclusions about the nature of the mystical process in Hammarskj ld’s appropriation of Scripture are given. How to cite this article: Huls, J., 2010, ‘Hammarskj ld’s interpretation of the Bible’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #892, 6 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.892
Is ‘divine healing’ in the ‘Faith Movement’ founded on the principles of healing in the Bible or based on the power of the mind?
Stephan P. Pretorius
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.277
Abstract: Many people plagued with incurable diseases or diseases that seem to be resistant to medical treatment, in desperation turn to preachers who claim to administer divine healing. These divine healers make certain claims, based on their interpretation of the Scriptures and a so-called revelation of God’s will. They furthermore preach that healing and health are included in atonement and that nobody should be sick. Illness is an indication of a lack of faith on the part of the believer. It could also be attributed to an attack from the devil. In order to obtain healing, a process of ignoring the symptoms, followed by an unyielding and repeated confession of the healing needed, based on selected verses from the Scriptures, is proposed. This article is based on the contention that the healing practised by these divine healers is nothing more than a ‘mind-over-matter’ approach, leading people into confessing over and over that they have been healed. These practices are reminiscent of the utilisation of affirmations that lead to positive thinking, which will evidently result in a change of behaviour on the part of the confessor. No indication of Godly intervention seems to be evident in this healing ministry, and neither is any submission to the will and purpose of God. How to cite this article: Pretorius, S.P., 2009, ‘Is “divine healing” in the “Faith Movement” founded on the principles of healing in the Bible or based on the power of the mind?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1), Art. #277, 7 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.277
The beginning of African biblical interpretation: The bible among the Batlhaping
G West
Acta Theologica , 2009,
Abstract: Prior to the translation of the Bible in Africa, Africans were already engaging with the Bible, initially as an iconic object of power and then as an aural object. In the first section of this article I attempt to detect elements of the early reception of the Bible among the BaTlhaping people. The second section of the article then analyses the theology that lies behind Bible translation, for rendering the Bible into local vernaculars is not a self-evident impulse. The translation of the Bible into local languages must be understood as an aspect of a larger theological project. Finally, the third section of the article reflects on the capacity of the Bible ‘to speak for itself’, arguing that once the Bible has been translated into a local language it slips, at least partially, out of the grasp of those who translated it.
Is ‘divine healing’ in the ‘faith movement’ founded on the principles of healing in the bible or based on the power of the mind?
SP Pretorius
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009,
Abstract: Many people plagued with incurable diseases or diseases that seem to be resistant to medical treatment, in desperation turn to preachers who claim to administer divine healing. These divine healers make certain claims, based on their interpretation of the Scriptures and a so-called revelation of God’s will. They furthermore preach that healing and health are included in atonement and that nobody should be sick. Illness is an indication of a lack of faith on the part of the believer. It could also be attributed to an attack from the devil. In order to obtain healing, a process of ignoring the symptoms, followed by an unyielding and repeated confession of the healing needed, based on selected verses from the Scriptures, is proposed. This article is based on the contention that the healing practised by these divine healers is nothing more than a ‘mind-over-matter’ approach, leading people into confessing over and over that they have been healed. These practices are reminiscent of the utilisation of affi rmations that lead to positive thinking, which will evidently result in a change of behaviour on the part of the confessor. No indication of Godly intervention seems to be evident in this healing ministry, and neither is any submission to the will and purpose of God.
Pontifical Encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943) and Principle of Interpretation Bible
Daniel Slivka, PhDr. ThDr., PhD.
E-Theologos. Theological revue of Greek Catholic Theological Faculty , 2010, DOI: 10.2478/v10154-010-0010-x
Abstract: Divino Afflante Spiritu (Inspired by the Divine Spirit) is an encyclical letter issued by Pope Pius XII on September 30, 1943. It inaugurated the modern period of Roman Catholic Bible studies by permitting the limited use of modern methods of biblical criticism. The Catholic bible scholar Raymond E. Brown described it as a 'Magna Carta for biblical progress'. The first purpose of the encyclical was to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the issuing of Providentissimus Deus by Pope Leo XIII in 1893, which had condemned the use of higher criticism. In the encyclical, Pius XII noted that since then, advances had been made in archeology and historical research, making it advisable to further define the study of the Bible. In his encyclical the Pope stressed the importance of diligent study of these original languages and other cognate languages, so as to arrive at a deeper and fuller knowledge of the meaning of the sacred texts. Catholic translations of the Bible have been based directly on the texts found in manuscripts in the original languages, taking into account also the ancient translations that sometimes clarify what seem to be transcription errors in those manuscripts, although the Latin Vulgate remains the official Bible in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. The Holy Scripture as a source of revelation was getting more often towards the believers at the beginning of last century. Interest in individual aspects of biblical text meant many difficulties for the Church. On the other end it brought great interest in Bible. Also new movements in Church and Magisterium explications helped it. Convocation of Second Vatican council vouched Catholics interest in positive changes in various Church ranges. It led to ratification the constitutions, edicts and declarations.
The Bible Among the Croatian People: Translating, printing and distributing the Bible in the context of proclaiming the Gospel  [PDF]
Stanko Jambrek
Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology , 2007,
Abstract: Unfolding translations, editions and distributing of the Bible are underway in the context of evangelization in Croatia. The spiritual atmosphere in which the translations originated and the recognized spiritual movements from which the influences for translation sprang and whose members mainly spread individual editions of the New Testament and the whole Bible are analyzed within the framework of this paper.
Telling women to be like men? Some theoretical aspects regarding the interpretation of the Bible on gender issues  [cached]
G. Snyman
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2002, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v67i1.360
Abstract: The RCSA is in desperate need of a new way of approaching the Bible. The hermeneutical principles that gave birth to a theological legitimation of apartheid are still active in the theological legitimation of a patriarchal order in the RCSA (Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika). It is as if the RCSA suffers from a theological schizophrenia which bars a critical approach from taking root. The article explores some hermeneutical impediments within the RCSA, illustrated by the 2000 Synod and a declaration published for the advent of Reformation Day in October 2000. Those impediments can be traced back to a seminal article of the 1980s, written by J.C. Coetzee, B.J. de Klerk and L. Floor (“Die hermeneuse van die Skrif met die oog op hedendaagse kerklik-etiese vraagstukke”), and to the influence of Afrikaner civil religion in the reading of the Bible. In the light of these three aspects, the article surveys the problem of imitating the text in terms of its values or characters, since the discussion of the role of women in the church is based on what is said about women in the Bible as a male text. The article concludes with a tentative proposal for an ethics of reading, with regard to the theoretical aspects when discussing gender issues in the Bible.
Reading the Bible again with Marcus Borg  [cached]
P.J.W. (Flip) Schutte
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v60i1/2.508
Abstract: This article focuses on Marcus J Borg’s book “Reading the Bible again for the first time” with the all important subtitle “Taking the Bible seriously but not literally.” He offers a new understanding of Scripture that respects both tradition and reality, blending biblical scholarship with a concern for authentic faith. This article presents a synopsis of the contents of Borg’s book, together with remarks, additions and even includes contradictory viewpoints from other contemporary scholars, which are being included not with the purpose of taking sides, but to stimulate conversation on Bible reading, a burning issue of our times.
Spirituality and the hermeneutics of faith  [cached]
Vincent Brümmer
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.891
Abstract: The first part of this essay argues that religious experience should not be viewed as an extraordinary kind of extra-sensory perception (visions, ecstasies etc) but as ‘hermeneutical’ in the sense that it entails an interpretation of our ordinary experience (including ordinary senseperception) or sometimes of particularly impressive experiences of the world and of our lives in the light of faith. The heritage of faith in a religious tradition provides believers with a framework of understanding in terms of which they can look on things with the eyes of faith. Various key features of this kind of interpretation are explained. The second part of the essay shows how various forms of spirituality are ways in which believers are trained in looking on life and the world with the eyes of faith and explains what this entails for the life of faith. How to cite this article: Brümmer, V., 2010, ‘Spirituality and the hermeneutics of faith’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #891, 5 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.891
The land: Primary category of faith  [cached]
G.J. Volschenk
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v60i1/2.496
Abstract: This review article of Walter Brueggemann’s book “The land: Place as gift, promise, and challenge in biblical faith” (2002) mainly focuses on land as the primary category of faith in the Bible. The main focus is on the dialectical interrelationship between land possession and land-loss. A holistic, systemic and triangular interrelationship exists between God, land, Israel and Torah/covenant. The balance in this triangular relationship is essential for equilibrium in the system. The pendulum thus swings between land, exile and kingdom or in other words, between “landedness” and “landlessness”. The conclusion is that ignorance of this holistic and triangular interrelationship is of great cost and peril to any generation’s perspective on land.
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