BYBELKUNDE: IS DIE STUDIEVELD VANSELFSPREKEND?

W Vosloo

Abstract


Judged by the diverse curricula at universities and the divergent opinions voiced in publications, there is no general agreement as to what the field of study of Biblical Studies should be. The question is especially whether systematics, ethics and the history of religions should be part of the subject. As Biblical Studies is no longer a subject determined mainly by school requirements, the scope of the discipline has broadened to supplying knowledge of the Bible to persons of all walks of life. Accordingly, Biblical Studies should primarily be directed at the understanding of the Bible. However, the material should be systematised on a historical basis, and the ethical relevance should be spelled out. History of religious should not be part of Biblical Studies. The post-graduate field of studies could hardly differ from that of Old Testament in a faculty of theology.

Keywords


Biblical Studies; History or religious; Ethical relevance of Biblical material

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/34-0-1864

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