Recent Submissions

  • The "empty land" myth : a biblical and socio-historical exploration 

    Cezula, Ntozakhe Simon; Modise, Leepo (The Church History Society of Southern Africa, 2020)
    Persistent discourse on the contentious "empty land" theory remains relevant within a biblical and socio-historic milieu, especially in the history of a colonialised country such as South Africa. Seeing that there are still ...
  • An Apocalyptic Womb? The Great Harlot of Revelation 17-18 

    Punt, Jeremy (2020-12)
    The depiction of the literary figure of the Great Harlotin Revelation17and 18is a poignant expression of the wider New Testamentapocalyptic concern withGod’s power over humanity and creation. The depiction portrays ...
  • Reading trauma narratives : insidious trauma in the story of Rachel, Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah (Genesis 29-30) and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale 

    Claassens, L. Juliana M. (OTSSA, 2020-05-13)
    This article investigates the notion of insidious trauma as a helpful means of interpreting the story of Rachel, Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah as told in Genesis 29-30 that has found its way into the haunting trauma narrative ...
  • Playing with peace : Solomon as the man of peace and rest, and the temple as the house of rest 

    Jonker, Louis C. (MDPI, 2021)
    It is well‑known that the notions of peace, rest and order belonged to the royal Achaemenid ideology, particularly from the time of Darius I onwards. This can be witnessed in Achaemenid ar‑ chitecture, iconography and ...
  • Israel's only son? the complexity of Benjaminite identity between Judah and Joseph 

    Giffone, Benjamin D. (Old Testament Society of South Africa, 2019)
    Several studies in recent years have sought to articulate the significance of the tribe of Benjamin for historical and literary studies of the Hebrew Bible. This paper suggests that the received text of Genesis 35-50 both ...
  • Key themes in Zechariah 1-8 

    O’Kennedy, Daniel F. (Old Testament Society of South Africa, 2019)
    The discussion of key themes or the message of Zechariah 1-8 is neglected in commentaries that were published during the past five years. This article focuses on this neglected part of Zechariah research and investigates ...
  • Who is my Brother? an ironic reading of Genesis 19:1-11 

    Kassa, Friday S. (Old Testament Society of South Africa, 2019)
    This article analyses the Tangale presupposition relating to the concept of brotherhood. It argues that the concept underscores the significance of the virtue of solidarity and togetherness within the Tangale traditional ...
  • Mordecai's royal vestments : Princely and/or Priestly? 

    Spoelstra, Joshua Joel (Old Testament Society of South Africa, 2019)
    This essay examines the function of clothing and related accoutrements in the book of Esther. The motif of dressing and undressing oneself or another signals a shift in the investment or divestment of power and status. ...
  • Going home? Exiles, inciles and refugees in the book of Jeremiah 

    Claassens, L. Juliana M. (AOSIS, 2019-01-17)
    Set against the backdrop of the Babylonian Invasion and Exile, the Book of Jeremiah represents a variety of different perspectives on how to survive imperial domination. This article explores three competing visions that ...
  • A home for all : the story of the inversion of hospitality in Genesis 19 

    Kassa, Friday S. (AOSIS, 2019-11-04)
    This article is a theological-ethical reading of the narrative of Lot’s hospitality in Genesis 19, using the hermeneutical lens of a Christian faith tradition. It considers hospitality as a living existential struggle that ...
  • A gamut of etiological and retributive justice in the Decalogue 

    Takore, Zachariah Bulus (Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, 2019)
    Human sinfulness and divine retribution is evident in the Old Testament from patriarchal narratives to the prophets. Giving an objective verdict serves as a corrective measure upon which a wrong doer maintains dignity and ...
  • The water of life : three explorations into water imagery in Revelation and the Fourth Gospel 

    Wilson, Mark (Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, 2019)
    This article is comprised of three separate yet related explorations regarding the image of water in Revelation and the Fourth Gospel. It first explores the attempt to tabulate examples of water terminology in the New ...
  • Prayer : an integral part of the Old Testament 

    O'Kennedy, Daniel (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    There are a few misconceptions concerning the understanding of prayer in the Old Testament, namely 1) prayer literature does not form an integral part of the Old Testament; 2) Old Testament prayer is confined to Psalmic ...
  • The bible in South African public discourse - with special reference to the right to protest 

    Botha, Jan (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The Bible is one of the most significant bases for values-persuasion and the shaping of the ethos of the South African population.  This significant influence of the Bible is potentially a serious stumbling block for social ...
  • The reception of Matthew in Africa 

    Combrink, H. J. Bernard (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The typical critical issues concerning the interpretation of Matthew do not occur that often in the reception of Matthew in Africa.  The issues addressed are especially contextual matters such as liberation and the relevance ...
  • Translating or transforming : receiving Matthew in Africa 

    Combrink, H. J. Bernard (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The Bible has to be rewritten in order to remain relevant also in Africa.  This has implications for the translation and the transformation of its message.  Translations can be categorized form literal to unduly free.  The ...
  • Murder in the toilet (Judges 3:12-30) : translation and transformation 

    Deist, Ferdinand (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The story of Ehud’s dealings with King Eglon of Moab is not the kind of story ordinary Bible readers would expect to find in the Bible.  To refresh our memories here, in short, is that story.
  • Styles of theological dialogue 

    Lategan, Bernard C. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The meeting of context, also in theological discourse, inevitably results in the development of some form of dialogue.  Theological discourse is characterized by a series of variables, related to different aspects of such ...
  • Imagination and transformation : Ricoeur and the role of imagination 

    Lategan, Bernard C. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    The article examines the facilitating role of imagination in the process of transformation.  Firstly, the suspicion that imagination is merely a license for subjectivity is addressed, before the phenomenological roots of ...
  • Prophetic discourse : dialogue, disaster or opportunity? 

    Deist, Ferdinand (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 1996)
    Christian tradition has always idealized the ‘writing prophets’.  That view has, however, been undermined over the past two decades.  We know very little about the origins of these books and even less about the origins of ...

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