The ‘foreigner in our midst’ and the Hebrew Bible

Show simple item record De Villiers, Gerda 2020-09-04T11:33:48Z 2020-09-04T11:33:48Z 2019-03-19
dc.description This research is part of the project ‘The Book of Ruth and Contemporary Issues’, directed by Dr Gerda de Villiers, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract On account of xenophobia, which seems to be a worldwide phenomenon, this article examines the issue of the ‘foreigner in our midst’ and approaches the problem from an Old Testament perspective. Firstly an overview is given on the concepts of ethnicity and group identity, and then two opposing groups of texts are briefly analysed: those that convey an exclusivist attitude and those that are more open and inclusive in their outlook. Consequently, the contexts in which these texts originated are examined. It appears that both groups, the exclusivists and the inclusivists, share the same religious convictions, namely the worship of YHWH, the God of Israel. The article concludes by urging caution when using the Bible in order to address complex social and political issues in contemporary societies. en_ZA
dc.description.department Old Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Villiers, G., 2019, ‘The “foreigner in our midst” and the Hebrew Bible’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 75(3), a5108. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v75i3.5108
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Xenophobia en_ZA
dc.subject Foreigner en_ZA
dc.subject Religious convictions en_ZA
dc.subject Bible en_ZA
dc.title The ‘foreigner in our midst’ and the Hebrew Bible en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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