THE ETHICS OF INTERPRETATION - AND SOUTH AFRICA

D J Smit

Abstract


This article looks at the ethos and socio-political role of South African New Testament scholarship during the last four decades, in an attempt to see whether any real paradigm shifts have taken place. Three periods are distinguished: the period of biblical scholarship and the legitimation of apartheid, when a deliberate movement was started in Afrikaner Reformed circle to read the Bible with socio-political purposes; a period during which methodology became all-important, and hardly any attention was given to ecclesial, theological and socio-political issues; and a period during which a new wave of socio-political interpretation can be seen. Reacting to several analysis by WS Vorster, the question is discussed whether this new social awareness represents a paradigm shift in scholarly methods and ethos, or not.

Keywords


Ethos; Socio-political role; South African New Testament scholarship; Period of biblical scholarship

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/33-0-1880

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