Bible exegesis in Dutch ecclesial documents on homosexuality

Van der Kooij, Arie (2001)

CITATION: Van der Kooij, A. 2001. Bible exegesis in Dutch ecclesial documents on homosexuality. Scriptura, 77:251-257, doi:10.7833/77-0-1274.

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The use of the Bible in documents about homosexuality, produced by two Reformed churches in the Netherlands in the early 1980's (the "Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk" and the "Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland"), serves as a case study within the project entitled "The influence of different contexts of social transformation on biblical interpretation". In the first article on this topic (cf. Van der Kooij 2000) the focus was on the background (developments in the study of the Bible since the 18th century in Western Europe) and the setting (social and cultural dynamics in the last forty years in the Netherlands and abroad) of the biblical interpretation as presented in these documents. At the end of the first article, the two church documents were briefly described and characterized. This second article will concentrate on the biblical interpretation itself in the documents concerned. Particular attention will be paid to the exegesis of texts in the book of Leviticus. Furthermore, hermeneutical questions as raised in the documents will be discussed. Finally, the topic of the research project, the relationship between social transformation and biblical interpretation will be addressed.

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