• 2 Sam 14:16: STOP THE WICKED MAN

      Oosthuizen, Rudolp; University of Fort Hare (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2015-10-10)
      The renewed call for relevance in the so-called new South Africa renders possible an exciting new stage in the development of Old Testament scholarship. Reading the Bible (2 Sam 14:1-24) from a perspective informed by our own context, Africa, sheds new light on the understanding of the text and allows the biblical and African views of reality to interact in the process of interpretation. Old Testament scholarship needs to develop models of reading the Bible creatively and effectively in the South African (African) context.
    • A 'THICK DESCRIPTION' OF TWO BIBLE STUDIES BY THE BELHAR ANGLICAN GROUP

      Bosman, Hendrik L; Department of Old and New Testament Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      This Anglican Bible study group came into existence three years ago in Belhar as a share and support group and still seems to be more comfortable with sharing personal experiences than being involved in strenuous Bible study.
    • A 'THICK DESCRIPTION' OF TWO BIBLE STUDIES BY THE BELHAR LIGHTHOUSE GROUP

      Lawrie, Douglas G; Department of Religion and Theology University of the Western Cape (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Profile of the group This group functions as a "cell" of the Lighthouse, a relatively new Pentecostal church in the Cape Peninsula. The members of the group are virtually all people who belonged to other churches before they joined the Lighthouse. Beneath the surface of "Lighthouse theology", which is charismatic and conservatively evangelical (with a strong emphasis on personal conversion), one thus finds traces of many different ecclesiastical traditions.
    • A 'THICK DESCRIPTION' OF TWO BIBLE STUDIES BY THE SOKHANYA BIBLE SCHOOL

      van Zyl, Danie C; Sokhanya Bible School (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Profile of the group This group consists of Xhosa speaking church leaders who are enrolled as students of the Sokhanya Bible School. This school was founded by local church leaders, together with a white DRC minister who is still the teacher, in various townships in Cape Town in 1992.
    • A 'THICK DESCRIPTION' OF TWO BIBLE STUDIES BY THE STRAND ANGLICAN GROUP

      Wanamaker, Chuck A; Department of Religious Studies University of Cape Town (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Bible Study 1: Matthew 13:53-58 Profile of the group The group, which met on 7 March, 2001, consisted of five members though they indicated that other members were not present owing to the short notice given for the meeting of the study group that evening. The leader of the group was a female in her sixties, possibly older, in whose house the group met. The notes provided with the transcript indicate that the normal leader of the group was overseas. The rest of the group consisted of two males (one of whom was the leader's husband, I suspect) and two more females (one of whom was the wife of the other man in the group, I suspect). All were probably in their 50s or 60s. The group had a multi-racial composition (coloured and white).
    • A 'TIDCK DESCRIPTION' OF TWO BIBLE STUDIES BY THE LANGA BAPTIST GROUP

      Conradie, Ernst M; Department of Religion and Theology University of the Western Cape (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Profile of the group This Bible study group was formed in the 1980's, with various leaders coming and going. It is associated to the local Baptist Church in Langa, Cape Town. It consists of a relatively . large number (30 or more) of young people who are roughly between the age of 15 and 35. The group is led by the local pastor's son, who has received theological training at the Baptist Theological College. The language of communication in the group is predominantly Xhosa, with several inputs also in English. As a result of the size of the group and the venue (the local church), the members of the groups sit in rows of chairs facing the leader. Although the seating arrangement puts the leader in a somewhat dominant position, the participation by the group members is quite lively. The socio-economic profile of the group is important. Many of the members are university or technicon students or people who have entered a first job following secondary or tertiary education. Although many of the members come from poor households (as reflected in the larger township of Langa), an "upward social mobility" can clearly be identified in the group. Some of the group members may still experience themselves as poor but there is for many in the group a realistic expectation of becoming more affluent.
    • 'A BETTER LIFE FOR ALL': A REALITY OR A PIPE-DREAM? A BLACK THEOLOGY INTERVENTION IN CONDITIONS OF POOR SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA

      Manala, MJ; Practical Theology University of South Africa (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      South Africans have recently witnessed a string of protests against poor service delivery on the part of government departments, especially municipalities, in spite of the promised 'better life for all.' This article asks critical questions: how long are black South Africans still to wait for the promised 'better life for all'? Is the promised 'better life for all' just one of empty slogans used to keep the black majority hoping against hope? The article examines the recent protests against poor service delivery. It also decries the abject poverty, unemployment, homelessness, impoverishment and hopelessness that black South Africans continue to experience contrary to their raised expectations for 'a better life for all.' The article appeals for the intervention of Black Theology which seems to have been silenced since the coming to power of the democratic government in 1994. The government must be challenged to deliver services and stamp out corruption.
    • A CHRISTIAN ETHICS OF RESPONSIBILITY: DOES IT PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES OF PUBLIC MORALITY?

      de Villiers, Etienne; Faculty of Theology University of Pretoria (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      There is at present considerable confusion in church and theological circles in South Africa about the most appropriate approach to issues of public morality. In the article the inadequacy of prevalent approaches is pointed out. The claim that a Christian Ethics of Responsibility does provide an adequate theoretical framework for dealing with such issues is also discussed. A proposal is made on how the conceptual cogency of Christian discussions on an Ethics of Responsibility can be improved. The article concludes with the discussion of ways in which a Christian Ethics of Responsibility can deal with issues of public morality.
    • A COMPARISON AND EVALUATION OF FOUR RECENT WORKS ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

      Lombaard, Christo J S; Department of Old Testament University of Pretoria (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      In this article four recent books on Old Testament scholarship in South Africa are discussed. These four volumes are, in alphabetical order: * Deist, F 1994: "Ervaring, rede en metode in Skrifuitleg. Wetenskapshistoriese ondersoek na Skrifuitleg in die Ned. Geref Kerk" 1840-1990. Pretoria: Raad vir Geesteswetenskaplike Navorsing. * Jonker, LC c. 1997: "Exclusivity and variety. Perspectives on multidimensional exegesis" (Biblical exegesis & theology 19). Kampen: Kok Pharos Publishing House. * Le Roux, JH 1993: "A story of two ways. Thirty years of Old Testament scholarship in South Africa" (Old Testament Essays Supplement Number 2). Pretoria: Verba Vitae. * West, G 1991/19952 : "Biblical hermeneutics of liberation. Modes of reading the Bible in the South African context". Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications I2nd ed.: Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications & Maryknol. A brief summary of the substance of each of the four books is provided. The particular foci of each of the works are indicated, from which inferences are drawn about the contents of each, but also about what fell outside the scope of each. From these observations certain indications are given of what, to the author's mind, could be included in a historiographic work which would relate local Old Testament readings in a more representative way.
    • A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF REPORTING ON THE TRC DISCOURSES IN DIE KERKBODE

      Anthonissen, Christine; Department of Linguistics Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      This article uses Critical Discourse Analysis as a methodological framework for considering the ways in which Die Kerkbode mediated the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) from 1995 to 2001. It reflects on the reasonable expectations one could have of a publication of the nature of Die Kerkbode, the official publication of the Dutch Reformed Church, with its very specific readership. It also reflects on how such expectations were met. The analysis indicates how an early position of doubt in the integrity of the TRC process gradually developed into one that responded sensitively to the volume of testimonies to human rights abuses of the years of struggle. However, it also indicates a primary interest in the image of the DRC and its own participation (or not) in the TRC processes. There is no coverage of particular narratives of the special event hearings, the Human Righrts Violations hearings or the Amnesty hearings. No reference is made to real events which were topicalised during the TRC hearings themselves. Eventually, in 2001 there appears to be a return to a position that questions the value of the TRC and is concerned more with amnesty for all than with restitution for those who suffered. This calls for further reflection on why the DRC could at the time not respond with more empathy and a more considered notion of reconciliation.
    • A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CONVERSATION ON LANDSCAPE PROCESSES: GEOMORPHOLOGICAL AND THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE OTHERNESS OF OUR NEIGHBOUR

      Houston, Peter; Anglican Parish of Umhlali (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2014-01-22)
       Ecology, with the issue of sustainability, and climatology, with climate change, are two well-known points of departure for theological engagement, especially in the emerging field of eco-theology. Less common is a cross-disciplinary conversation with geomorphology. Geomorphology highlights problems that have arisen as a result of human interactions with landscape processes. Using an example of a problematic area of the N3 outside of Pietermaritzburg this article brings geo-morphological insights into conversation with theology, extending the ideas of inter-connectedness, holism and scale perspectives to locate human thought and actions towards and within the environment as an extension of the ethic to "love your neighbour."
    • A DECADE OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE VOCATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AND NIGERIAN THEOLOGIAN AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW MILLENNIUM

      Akper, Godwin I.; Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Liberation, it is often argued, is no longer the most helpful metaphor for the present situation in (South) Africa, which needs to capture the complex social and theological challenges ahead. There is a popular view that the new social and political changes brought with them new challenges and responsibilities for theologians in Africa, in general, but South Africa and Nigeria in particular. This essay attempts to examine the South African and Nigerian social and political challenges of the past 10 years. It argues that such challenges should shape, redirect the tasks, contents and methods of theology of African theologians toward “developmental” issues such as poverty, HIV/Aids, wars, public life and public morality, as they seek to address the social and political challenges of the new millennium.
    • A FEW METAPHORICAL SOURCE DOMAINS FOR EMOTIONS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

      Basson, Alec; Ancient Studies Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      Emotions are an essential part of human existence and the communication (verbal as well as non-verbal) thereof is fundamental to everyday interaction. Furthermore, the way in which emotions are expressed and interpreted is crucial to interpersonal relations. This paper contends that our biblical counterparts employed different verbal (literal as well as figurative) strategies to express an infinite number of emotional states. One such strategy is conceptual metaphor. It is argued that there is a link between the metaphorical conceptualization and articulation of emotions. Moreover, the investigation shows that different metaphorical source domains are used to express specific emotions. By taking recourse to cognitive linguistics, this contribution examines the relevant linguistic evidence from the Old Testament as a means of illuminating the aforementioned notions.
    • A FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE TRANSLATION OF THE ZELOPHEHAD NARRATIVE IN NUM.27:1-11

      Ahiamadu, Amadi; Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2018-06-13)
    • A gendered critique of the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and the family: 1965-2016

      Rakoczy,Susan (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2016-01-01)
    • A GENDERED CRITIQUE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S TEACHING ON MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: 1965-2016

      Rakoczy, Susan; University of KwaZulu-Natal (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2017-01-15)
       The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on marriage and the family have been developed with very little consultation with women for whom these teachings have great importance. This article focuses on these teachings from the close of the Second Vatican II in 1965 to 2015 and the Synod session on marriage and the family. It briefly discusses the Church’s understanding of marriage from the Patristic era to the Council of Trent and then analyses the development of the theology of marriage in Vatican II, Humanae Vitae, the 1968 encyclical on contraception, Pope John Paul II’s theology of marriage and the Synod sessions called by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015, including his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia issued in 2016. Where are the voices of women, especially African women, in shaping Catholic theology of marriage?
    • A journal for biblical, theological and / or contextual hermeneutics?

      Conradie,Ernst M. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2020-01-01)
      This contribution reflects on the current sub-title of the journal Scriptura, namely "Journal for Biblical, Theological andHermeneutics ". It shows that this has been a core interest of the journal over a period of forty years. It also discusses the methodological tensions between these three forms / aspects of hermeneutics - to the point where one may wonder whether the "and" in the subtitle could be understood as "or ". It does not propose a way forward but commends Scriptura for offering the space to explore such tensions further in the South African context.
    • A LITTLE HELP OR A GREAT HELP? JESUS AND HIS TIME AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF 1, 2 MACCABEES AND DANIEL

      Janse, Sam; Protestant Congregation Driebergen, The Netherlands (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      This article states that 1 and 2 Maccabees, along with the book of Daniel, forms a triangle that defines the Jewish positions for at least two centuries. The books of the Maccabees both stand in the tradition of Holy War. Contrary to 2 Maccabees, the author of 1 Maccabees distances himself more and more from this theology moving in the direction of power politics. Daniel is an explicitly apocalyptic book: human resistance can offer only a little help, whereas the greater help is to be expected from God. We encounter this spiritual heritage in Jesus’ message and deeds. The value of apocalypticism for our time is the warning of this theology against all efforts to realize the Heilstaat (the Kingdom of God; the ‘ideal society’). The political task of Christians is less pretentious but all the more fruitful: to protect the rechtsstaat (the constitutional state that respects human rights).
    • A MYSTICAL READING OF PAUL

      Kourie, Celia; Department of Christian Spirituality Church History and Missiology University of South Africa (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2013-06-12)
      The methodological diversity in biblical hermeneutics that has taken place during the last few decades has effected a shift of such magnitude, that scholars are still catching their breath. New methods of interpreting scripture continue to come to the fore. There is a major move from a mechanistic to a holistic paradigm, from within which scripture emerges as life-giving and transformative. Constructive or ecological postmodernism contributes to the revalorization of the aesthetic, the mythological and the mystical. A mystical reading of Paul, with particular reference to his understanding of the term in Christ elucidates the value of this new, yet ancient heuristic tool.
    • A NAMA ‘EXODUS’? A POSTCOLONIAL READING OF THE DIARIES OF HENDRIK WITBOOI

      Bosman, Hendrik; Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology., 2012-08-14)
      This contribution attempts to interpret the personal diaries and papers of Hendrik Witbooi, an icon of the struggle for liberation in Namibia, in view of postcolonial criticism. It is argued that Witbooi's diaries and papers indicate how he responded to colonial discursive practices by means of assimilation and resistance. Special attention is given to the possibility that an 'exodus theme' was employed as a rhetorical strategy to mobilize the Witboois to relocate to new territory and eventually used to resist colonialism by inciting an uprising against the German authorities. The question will also be posed what type of Bible interpretation Captain Witbooi employed to come to such an understanding of the exodus theme in his diaries within the nineteenth century theological context of providentialism. The article forms part of a research project on "The negotiation of identity and narratives concerning origin and migration in Africa." doi: 10.7833/108-1-6