(Mat. 6:13b) : reading the Lord’s prayer through Ewe-Ghanaian demonological lens

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dc.contributor.author Van Eck, Ernest
dc.contributor.author Sakitey, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-14T07:53:57Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-14T07:53:57Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-13
dc.description This article represents a reworked version of aspects from Daniel Sakitey’s PhD thesis, titled “Matthew’s version of the Lord’s Prayer in Ewe- Ghanaian context”, in the Department of New Testament and Related Literature, University of Pretoria, with Prof. Dr Ernest van Eck as supervisor. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article examines the phrase ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμãς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ in Matthew’s rendition of the Lord’s Prayer through the Ewe-Ghanaian demonological lens. It employs a combination of the historical-critical and indigenous mother tongue biblical hermeneutics methods to address the ambiguity associated with the phrase ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ in the petition. It also engages the world of the text with the Ewe-Ghanaian demonological world view and defines the place of πονηρός (evil/evil one) in Ewe-Ghanaian Christian spirituality. The article discusses the various hermeneutical and theological positions on the text and juxtaposes them with popular Ewe-Ghanaian Christian demonology. The article argues that the aggressiveness with which the Ewe-Ghanaian Christian confronts his/her destiny issues is premised on the primal belief that everyone came to this world with his/her own destiny (gbetsi) or fortune (aklama). However, there are forces that interfere with one’s destiny. It is against this backdrop that one must relentlessly wage a spiritual warfare against those forces through not only tumultuous and verbose prayers, but also ritual performances, in order to either protect a good fortune or reverse a bad one. The phrase ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμãς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ (Mat. 6:13b) is, therefore, a call on “Our Father in the heavens” to reverse any misfortune in one’s life, in order to fulfil one’s destiny in life. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/at en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Eck, E. & Sakitey, D. 2019, '(Mat. 6:13b) : reading the Lord’s prayer through Ewe-Ghanaian demonological lens', Acta Theologica, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 172-186. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1015-8758 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2309-9089 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.18820/23099089/ actat.v39i2.10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/74581
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of the Free State, Faculty of Theology en_ZA
dc.rights © Creative Commons With Attribution (CC-BY) en_ZA
dc.subject Ewe traditional prayer en_ZA
dc.subject Evil en_ZA
dc.subject Die Ons Vader gebed en_ZA
dc.subject Ewe tradisionele gebed en_ZA
dc.subject Bose en_ZA
dc.subject Lord’s prayer en_ZA
dc.subject Ewe-Ghanaian demonology en_ZA
dc.title (Mat. 6:13b) : reading the Lord’s prayer through Ewe-Ghanaian demonological lens en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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