Exploring similarities between the German and the Dutch ‘ethical’ traditions : possibilities of the history of religion for a theological approach to Old Testament studies in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Vorster, J.H. (Jan)
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-01T06:52:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-01T06:52:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10
dc.description.abstract This article shows how dialectic theology caused a loss of interest in the history of religion, which was seen as out of touch with the current world. The distinction between theology and the history of religion became increasingly vague. The article focuses on the contribution of Rainier Albertz in his two-volume Religionsgeschichte Israels in alttestamentlicher Zeit (History of Israelite religion in the Old Testament period), 1992. Albertz proposed that the history of religion should be restored to serve as the ‘more sensible discipline for abridging the Old Testament’. This article points out several advantages to this approach, namely a different kind of Old Testament theology, starting from current theological problems and searching through the thematic segments of Israel’s religious history and that of early Christianity for analogous insights relevant to the problems in question. This article develops the argument that Albertz’s suggestions open up possibilities for establishing a vibrant theological environment in South Africa, where theologians from a diverse society can start from different perspectives on current problems, consider the Bible as part of a uniquely defined set of relevant factors and present a kaleidoscope of cross-balancing ‘African’ theological perspectives. The aim of this approach is to enhance the possibilities of Albertz’s suggestions by relating them, in context, to insights from ethical theology in the hope of reviving the debate regarding repositioning the history of religion in a different kind of theological approach. This debate is long in coming: it may already have lost close to 20 years in deserved attention. en
dc.identifier.citation Vorster, J.H., 2010, ‘Exploring similarities between the German and the Dutch ‘ethical’ traditions: Possibilities of the history of religion for a theological approach to Old Testament studies in South Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(1), Art. #428, 12 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.428 [http://www.hts.org.za] en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v66i1.428
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/16671
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2010. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Early Christianity en
dc.subject African theology en
dc.subject.lcsh Dialectical theology en
dc.subject.lcsh Religion -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 en
dc.subject.lcsh Christian ethics en
dc.subject.lcsh Old Testament scholars -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Albertz, Rainer, 1943- -- Influence en
dc.title Exploring similarities between the German and the Dutch ‘ethical’ traditions : possibilities of the history of religion for a theological approach to Old Testament studies in South Africa en
dc.type Article en


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