Gema Teologika is published by Faculty of Theology Duta Wacana Christian University periodically twice per year (April and October). The aim of the journal is to publish research articles in the fields of theology, especially contextual theology divinity studies, religious studies, and philosophy of religion in the contexts of Indonesia and Asia.

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The Globethics.net library contains all the articles of Gema Teologika from 2016 (vol.1, issue 1) to Current.

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  • Penerjemahan sebagai Media Pekabaran Injil Middelkoop Ditinjau dari Perspektif Hermeneutika Hans Georg Gadamer

    Jear Niklas Dominggus Karniatu Nenohai (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2018-10-01)
    This is paper is a hermeneutical approach to Peter Middelkoop’s Bible translation in West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara. By way of Gadamer’s hermeneutical thought, the author deduced that evangelism is always impacting either the mission activities or the site of mission. Since any achievement of evangelism, which implicated the local languages is not a sole accomplishment of mission institutions, such as Netherland Zending Genotschaf (NZG), but an outcome of the engagement between the missionaries and the existing culture.
  • Teologi Keramahan Allah: Sebuah Pembacaan Kristologi Lukas

    Frans Setyadi Manurung (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2018-10-01)
    This paper is an attempt to present a hospitable christology model that is relevant for answering issues of plurality in the Indonesian context. The author raises one of the problems of christology, namely the controversy over the idea of Jesus’ subordination to and belief in God in both Luke’s writings. Developing the synthesis approach of Douglas H. Buckwalter, it is suggested that Luke’s Christology is traditional and does not show any conflict with these two ideas. Luke’s ability to build a synthesis in his Christology is precisely an important point for Luke in depiciting Jesus as a manifestation of God’s hospitality and a model for his community. Luke’s Christology that presents the idea of the hospitality of God, is an important contribution for the construction of a model of Christian life in the Indonesian context.
  • Pembacaan Lintas Tekstual: Tantangan Ber-Hermeneutik Alkitab Asia (2)

    Daniel K. Listijabudi (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    This article (part two) evaluates the examples given from the works of Asian theologians (in part one) by considering their hermeneutical positions in the inter-scriptural discussion through the insights of the theology of religions and interreligious hospitality. Herewith, the insights of theology of religion as a critical lens. The next step is an elaboration of the examples through this lens. Afterwards, the historical developments behind the cross-textual reading are also briefly searched. The following discussions include Archie Lee’s approach which emphasizes (a) the relation between text and the context of readers within their Asian hybrid set of locations as well as (b) the process of interrelating the two texts with each other. Some critical remarks as well as constructive contributions to the post-colonial bible reading and Indonesian contextual reading are raised. At last, this article offers a hermeneutical standpoint by elaborating how a cross-textual reading of sacred texts can function as an important instrument within the field of interreligious dialogue.
  • Bukan Jalan Buntu, Melainkan Setapak Terjal: Sebuah Apresiasi Kritis terhadap Sumbangsih Teori Kultural-Linguistik Lindbeck bagi Penumbuhkembangan Dialog Antaragama yang Autentik

    Risang Anggoro Elliarso (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2016-04-01)
    Advancing from his criticism against two principal theological theories of religion, namely (1) cognitive-propositional theory and (2) experiential-expressive theory, George A. Lindbeck proposes his cultural-linguistic theory as an alternative theory which is deemed more adequate in comprehending plurality of religions. Regrettably, for some, Lindbeck’s theory is considered rather as a closure to any interreligious dialogue, as a consequence of its superfluous emphasis on the incommensurability and untranslability amongst different religions. Therefore, within this modest article, taking into account several insights from postcolonial studies, I try to venture a critical appreciation on how Lindbeck’s cultural-linguistic theory might contribute to the endeavour of fostering constructive, authentic, and profound interreligious dialogue. I attempt to argue that Lindbeck’s cultural-linguistic theory, instead of imparting a cul-de-sac to any interreligious dialogue, actually lay bare a path for the dialogue. A path which is, whilst hard and steep, viable.
  • Bukan Jalan Buntu, Melainkan Setapak Terjal: Sebuah Apresiasi Kritis terhadap Sumbangsih Teori Kultural-Linguistik Lindbeck bagi Penumbuhkembangan Dialog Antaragama yang Autentik

    Risang Anggoro Elliarso (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2016-04-01)
    Advancing from his criticism against two principal theological theories of religion, namely (1) cognitive-propositional theory and (2) experiential-expressive theory, George A. Lindbeck proposes his cultural-linguistic theory as an alternative theory which is deemed more adequate in comprehending plurality of religions. Regrettably, for some, Lindbecks theory is considered rather as a closure to any interreligious dialogue, as a consequence of its superfluous emphasis on the incommensurability and untranslability amongst different religions. Therefore, within this modest article, taking into account several insights from postcolonial studies, I try to venture a critical appreciation on how Lindbecks cultural-linguistic theory might contribute to the endeavour of fostering constructive, authentic, and profound interreligious dialogue. I attempt to argue that Lindbecks cultural-linguistic theory, instead of imparting a cul-de-sac to any interreligious dialogue, actually lay bare a path for the dialogue. A path which is, whilst hard and steep, viable.
  • Menguak Prasangka Homoseksualitas dalam Kisah Sodom dan Gomora: Kajian Hermenutik Kejadian 19:1-26

    Silva S. Thesalonika Ngahu (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    The issue of homosexuality tends to be avoided in the public discourse in Indonesia. Heteronormative constructions based on religious teachings lead to a negative stigma against homosexuals, producing injustice and discrimination. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-26 considered as a reference for punishment against homosexuals is used as an excuse to legitimize discrimination and hatred by particular grups of Christians. This study uses historical criticism method in the biblical hermeneutic work and qualitative methods in the field research. The finding show that the story is a criticism of the xenophobic attitude of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah as well as a way of promoting the importance of the culture of hospitality.
  • Menafsir Metafora Dalam Kitab Hosea: Historis Kritis, Feminis, dan Ideologis

    Robert Setio (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2018-01-01)
    The book of Hosea is one among a few books in the First Testament that gives rise to the diversity of interpretations. The text contains some language problems which prevent clear meaning. Its use of pornographic imagery as metaphor for the wrong doers has also provoked disagreements among the interpreters. Scholars throughout the ages have tried to look for the best way to receive the disturbing metaphor. By relating the Book with some historical circumstances, the metaphor is understood as representation of an historical reality, namely, the unfit leadership of the Israelite and Judahite communities. According to this interpretation, the use of sexual imagery should not bother the readers as it merely serves to convey the harsh criticism towards the community leaders who brought the society into chaos. However, feminist interpreters do not agree with such kind of interpretation. In their view, unravelling the ideology that allows such the use of metaphor that denigrate woman is the main task of interpretation. Their criticism has opened our eyes of how ideology plays siginificant roles in the production of the Book. The story of Hosea and Gomer should not be taken for granted as it results from a certain way of thinking. The view of the writer of the Book, for the feminitsts, is strongly misogynistic that it deserves severe criticism. While criticizing the gender imbalance view of the Book, the feminists seem to forget the main purpose of the metaphor. This writing wants to show that the metaphor is actually intended to alarm the worst socio-political situation. The blame of the socio-political turbulences is put on the shoulder of those whose view differs from that of the writer's. While blaming the opponents, the Book urges the acceptance of a dreamed society of the ideal.
  • Menafsir Metafora Dalam Kitab Hosea: Historis Kritis, Feminis, dan Ideologis

    Robert Setio (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2017-10-01)
    The book of Hosea is one among a few books in the First Testament that gives rise to the diversity of interpretations. The text contains some language problems which prevent clear meaning. Its use of pornographic imagery as metaphor for the wrong doers has also provoked disagreements among the interpreters. Scholars throughout the ages have tried to look for the best way to receive the disturbing metaphor. By relating the Book with some historical circumstances, the metaphor is understood as representation of an historical reality, namely, the unfit leadership of the Israelite and Judahite communities. According to this interpretation, the use of sexual imagery should not bother the readers as it merely serves to convey the harsh criticism towards the community leaders who brought the society into chaos. However, feminist interpreters do not agree with such kind of interpretation. In their view, unravelling the ideology that allows such the use of metaphor that denigrate woman is the main task of interpretation. Their criticism has opened our eyes of how ideology plays significant roles in the production of the Book. The story of Hosea and Gomer should not be taken for granted as it results from a certain way of thinking. The view of the writer of the Book, for the feminists, is strongly misogynistic that it deserves severe criticism. While criticizing the gender imbalance view of the Book, the feminists seem to forget the main purpose of the metaphor. This writing wants to show that the metaphor is actually intended to alarm the worst socio-political situation. The blame of the socio-political turbulences is put on the shoulder of those whose view differs from that of the writer's. While blaming the opponents, the Book urges the acceptance of a dreamed society of the ideal.
  • Penciptaan dalam Perspektif Sumba: Suatu Upaya Berteologi Ekologi Kontekstual

    Asnath Niwa Natar (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    Today, the increase of global warming has made humans and nature difficult to live comfortably. Human activities damage the ecology and create global warming as the consequence. Humans exploit natural resources at the expense of the sustainability of nature. To respond to that ecological problem, this article draws forth the Sumba local wisdom embedded in the culture of the community for ages. The aim is to construct a contextual theological perspective promoting an equal relationship between humans and nature based on justice, love, and solidarity instead of domination and exploitation.
  • Keimanan Kristus dalam Peraturan Melkisedek: Sebuah Upaya Rekontruksi Kristologi Keimanan dalam Ibrani 7: 1-10

    Rena Sesaria Yudhita (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2016-04-01)
    Hebrews has a distinctive christology denoting Christ’s particular priesthood. The fact that Jesus is not qualified in anyway to be a priest according the Aaronic order is inevitable. Therefore, the author composed an argument that the foundation of Christ’s priesthood is the order of Melchizedek. This article seeks to examine how the Hebrew’s author recognize, interpret, and utilize the character of Melchizedek to build his unique priesthood christology. The efforts are made by interpreting Hebrews 7:1-10, in which the author shows the significance of the Melchizedek’s figure to the Jesus’ priesthood. First, this article investigate show the author of Hebrews uses Melchizedek mysterious character in Genesis and Psalm are echoed in verses 1-3 and then examine the christology of priesthood developed in verses 4-10. Basically the character of Melchizedek was still shrouded in mystery even to the end of the study. However, precisely in this mystery we can see how ingenious the author is.
  • Sejarah Gereja Belanda Austin Friars di City of London: Refleksi Sejarah Gerakan Reformasi—Harapan dan Tantangan

    Henk ten Napel (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2017-04-01)
    In the centre of the City of London one can find the Dutch Church Austin Friars. Thanks to the Charter granted in 1550 by King Edward VI, the Dutch refugees were allowed to start their services in the church of the old monastery of the Augustine Friars. What makes the history of the Dutch Church in London so special is the fact that the church can lay claim to being the oldest institutionalised Dutch protestant church in the world. As such it was a source of inspiration for the protestant church in the Netherlands in its formative years during the sixteenth century. Despite its long history, the Dutch Church is still alive and well today. This article will look at the origin of this church and the challenges it faced and the developments it experienced during the 466 years of its existence.
  • A Comparative Study of “Eternity” in The Holy Quran and The Ancient Upanishads

    Mohammad Reza Afroogh; Ali Reza Khajegir; Ali Reza Fahim (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    The problem of death and immortality is an ontological concern of human being. Islam and Hinduism, like other religions, have always sought to resolve this problem. Philosophical, verbal, mystical, and Qur’anic criticisms have attracted the attention of Muslim and Hindu scholars.The issue of immortality has been examined from different perspectives. In this study, it is examined from the perspectives of the Holy Qur’an and the ancient Upanishads. The use of the word soul in the Qur’anic verses, and then, with references to the early Upanishads is a key point in understanding the immortality of the human soul. In the Qur’an, special attention has been paid to the issue of the soul and has been referred to as a safe soul. In the Abrahamic religions, human creation is distinctive from other beings, and the final stage of creation is that of human being. In the old Upanishads, only the universal human being (Purusha) is considered as the soul and the main source of the world. The true and inward human being (Atman) is only meaningful in the unity and permanent union with Brahma, and the material aspect of human being (Perkeṛiti) is not very important.
  • Menertawakan Absurditas Agar Tetap Waras: Humor, Nihilisme, dan Penertawa

    Anodya Ariawan Soesilo (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    Laughter is cloaking that has always assumed depth and shallowness. The construction of this article departs from the reading of Nietzsche’s aphoristic description in Guy Science concerning our question marks and the issue of intelligibility. The activity of laughing has personal dimension pointing to inner independence first; to a person who laugh. As long as words are part of the persona (phrosophon: ‘mask’) then the expression of laughter also points to the disguise. In reading Nietzsche, cloaking is not identical with hypocrisy. Humor can be a form of creative resistance even though it contains nihil aspect because it does not change any situation other than the possibility of being more tolerable. Nihilism was Nietzsche’s description of his day. The ability to laugh at oneself can be a healthy critique for those who claim to be godly. At least, in the Christian sphere laughter has religious dimension, containing the promise of salvation. In the Middle Ages, there was a tradition of humor and laughter as part of the Easter celebration (Risus Paschalis).
  • Sejarah Gereja Belanda Austin Friars di City of London: Refleksi Sejarah Gerakan Reformasi — Harapan dan Tantangan

    Henk ten Napel (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2017-04-01)
    In the centre of the City of London one can find the Dutch Church Austin Friars. Thanks to the Charter granted in 1550 by King Edward VI, the Dutch refugees were allowed to start their services in the church of the old monastery of the Augustine Friars. What makes the history of the Dutch Church in London so special is the fact that the church can lay claim to being the oldest institutionalised Dutch protestant church in the world. As such it was a source of inspiration for the protestant church in the Netherlands in its formative years during the sixteenth century. Despite its long history, the Dutch Church is still alive and well today. This article will look at the origin of this church and the challenges it faced and the developments it experienced during the 466 years of its existence.
  • Menghidupkan Leluhur: Sebuah Penafsiran Terhadap Matius 22:32

    Pelita H. Surbakti (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
    Matthew 22:32 contains a tradition of mentioning the God of Israel which was no longer popular in the time of Jesus. That tradition is often called Theos patros, the God of the ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. In a dialogue
 between Jesus and several Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead, Jesus “revived” the tradition. Studies concerning that text, however, seems to overlock such tradition of mentioning God. If Jesus implicitly states that the ancestors of Israel lived, what kind of life did Jesus mean? This article attemps to answer the above question by considering “God with Us” as the main theme and “Rhetoric of Fighting Leadership” as the essence of this
 gospel rhetoric. Both become what is often referred to as the Hermeneutical Framework.
  • Mendekonstruksi Ciptaan: Sebuah Tafsir Ayub Pasal 3:1-26

    Emanuel Gerrit Singgih (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2018-10-01)
    In this article the conventional image of the character of Job as patient and trusting in face of a series of calamities, and such receives back all that he has lost before as can be found in the prologue (chapters 1-2) and the epilogue (chapter 42) of the Book of Job, is contrasted with the character of Job in chapter 3, in which Job is pictured as facing the end of everything, including the end of his life himself. For him it is the end of the world, the collapse of creation, or better, the return of creation to chaos. That is why the title contained the term “deconstruction”, and by employing the theory of deconstruction, the stages where Job is deconstructing creation are described and analysed.
  • Resensi: Hospitality and Islam—Welcoming in God’s Name

    Haleluya Timbo Hutabarat (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
  • Resensi: Intercultural Theology, Volume One—Intercultural Hermeneutics

    Kees de Jong (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
  • Resensi: Menolak Diam—Gereja Melawan Perdagangan Orang

    Herman Arnolus Manoe (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2019-04-01)
  • Keimanan Kristus dalam Peraturan Melkisedek: Sebuah Upaya Rekontruksi Kristologi Keimanan dalam Ibrani 7: 1-10

    Rena Sesaria Yudhita (Duta Wacana Christian University, 2016-04-01)
    Hebrews has a distinctive christology denoting Christs particular priesthood. The fact that Jesus is not qualified in anyway to be a priest according the Aaronic order is inevitable. Therefore, the author composed an argument that the foundation of Christs priesthood is the order of Melchizedek. This article seeks to examine how the Hebrews author recognize,interpret, and utilize the character of Melchizedek to build his unique priesthood christology.The efforts are made by interpreting Hebrews 7:1-10, in which the author shows the significance of the Melchizedek's figure to the Jesus priesthood. First, this article investigate show the author of Hebrews uses Melchizedek mysterious character in Genesis and Psalm are echoed in verses 1-3 and then examine the christology of priesthood developed in verses 4-10. Basically the character of Melchizedek was still shrouded in mystery even to the end of the study. However, precisely in this mystery we can see how ingenious the author is.

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