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Reading for the dignity of all : overcoming the troubling legacy of the Old Testament

dc.contributor.authorClaassens, L. Juliana M.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-29T09:31:11Z
dc.date.available2017-03-29T09:31:11Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationClaassens, L. J. 2015. Reading for the dignity of all : overcoming the troubling legacy of the Old Testament. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 1(2):155–174, doi:10.17570/stj.2015.v1n2.a.
dc.identifier.issn2413-9467 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2413-9459 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17570/stj.2015.v1n2.a
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100786
dc.descriptionCITATION: Claassens, L. J. 2015. Reading for the dignity of all : overcoming the troubling legacy of the Old Testament. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 1(2):155–174, doi:10.17570/stj.2015.v1n2.a.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za
dc.description.abstractIn light of the numerous instances in the Hebrew Bible in which the dignity of its characters are threatened, violated or potentially violated, this article seeks to identify a number of strategies that may be used to read the Bible for the dignity of all so overcoming the Old Testament’s troubling legacy. These strategies have been inspired by the work of Martha Nussbaum who, in one of her recent books, The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age, names three principles that may help a society to become more compassionate in nature and to transcend, what she calls, a narcissistic notion of fear: (1) Political (and I would add religious) principles that express equal respect and dignity for all people (2) Rigorous critical thinking that criticizes inconsistencies that may lead to human rights violations (3) Developing an empathetic or participatory imagination, in which one is able to consider how the world looks from the point of view of a person of a different cultural or religious point of view.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/index.php/stj/article/view/1255
dc.format.extent20 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherPieter de Waal Neethling Trust
dc.subjectOld Testamenten_ZA
dc.subjectHuman dignityen_ZA
dc.subjectViolenceen_ZA
dc.subjectCompassionen_ZA
dc.subjectNussbaum, Marthaen_ZA
dc.titleReading for the dignity of all : overcoming the troubling legacy of the Old Testamenten_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderPieter de Waal Neethling Trust


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