BIBLICAL AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES – CONTINUOUSLY COMMITTED TO THOROUGH TRANSFORMATION

Jannie Malan

Abstract


The doctrinally unprejudiced exploring of Old and New Testament genres and texts
has led, and can still lead, to contextual insights with most significant implications.
A content-based interpretation is transformed into a dynamic understanding which
recognises relational believing in the events out of which the various writings
originated and in the meanings communicated by each of them. The widelyproclaimed
message of accepting forgiveness by faith in Christ and then gratefully
obeying ethical instructions is transformed into Jesus’ original and unique Good
News of an inner change of mind and life, in which both forgiveness and deliverance
are effortless realities. Christians who believe and live this message do not only
experience transformed living themselves, but, as they co-exist with fellow-humans
in a diverse country and world, they may also contribute to the transformation of
unjust structures and divisive attitudes. All of us who are committed to such a
Biblical and Religious Studies approach should therefore not be disheartened by
phased out educational privileges, but should continue utilising every opportunity of
furthering and disseminating the message of inner transformation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/81-0-743

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