The Kingdom of God : Utopian or existential?

Show simple item record Malan, Gert Jacobus 2014-07-29T12:01:36Z 2014-07-29T12:01:36Z 2014-06-26
dc.description.abstract The Kingdom of God was a central theme in Jesus’ vision. Was it meant to be understood as utopian as Mary Ann Beavis views it, or existential? In 1st century CE Palestine, kingdom of God was a political term meaning theocracy suggesting God’s patronage. Jesus used the term metaphorically to construct a new symbolic universe to legitimate a radical new way of living with God in opposition to the temple ideology of exclusivist covenantal nomism. The analogies of father and king served as the root metaphors for this symbolic universe. They are existential root metaphors underpinning the contextual symbolic universe of God’s patronage in reaction to the collapse of the patronage system which left peasants destitute. Jesus’ paradoxical use of the metaphor kingdom of God had a therapeutic value and gave the concept new meaning. The initial motivation for proclaiming God’s patronage originated in Jesus’ primary identity formation by Mary as single parent and was reinforced in his secondary identity formation by John the Baptist. From these results can be concluded that kingdom of God was not meant to be understood as utopian, but existential. In order to clarify the meaning of kingdom of God and God’s patronage for the 21st century, demythologisation and deconstruction can be helpful especially by highlighting the existential meaning of the kingdom of God. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Malan, G.J., 2014, 'The kingdom of God : Utopian or existential?', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(3), Art. #2109, 9 pages. 10.4102/hts.v70i3.2109. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i3.2109
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Symbolic universe en_US
dc.subject Kingdom of God en_US
dc.subject Utopia en_US
dc.subject Metaphors en_US
dc.subject Identity formation en_US
dc.subject Socio-political religious sphere en_US
dc.subject God’s patronage en_US
dc.subject Jesus’ identity en_US
dc.title The Kingdom of God : Utopian or existential? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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