SCRIPTURE AND CONTEXT: THE USE OF THE EXODUS THEME IN THE HERMENEUTICS OF LIBERATION THEOLOGY

M J Oosthuizen

Abstract


In the first part of this paper, liberation theology’s use of Marxist analysis in its programme of ideology critique is briefly discussed. It is argued that Althusser’s development of Marxist theory can help to elucidate liberation theology’s hermeneutic position. Subsequently the discussion concentrates on the understanding of the exodus theme that is generated by this hermeneutic stance. Particular attention is paid to the thought of Croatto. Finally the paper poses the question of whether our respective ideological commitments still allow for meaningful discussion between Christians. It is suggested that Scripture, as the canon of the church, should be allowed to exercise a critical function over against our hermeneutical commitments. 

Keywords


Liberation theology; Marxist analysis; Althusser; Exodus theme; Hermeneutics; Croatto; Ideological commitments

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/25-0-1890

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