n HTS : Theological Studies - The church's responsibility towards the social order : an Old Testament hermeneutic problem

Volume 61, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



There is a widespread conviction among conservative groups in the Afrikaans speaking mainline churches in South Africa that the church has a responsibility towards the structuring of society. This conviction is based on a reading of the Old Testament which can be traced back to Calvin. The article hypothesises that such a hermeneutic cannot be maintained in the aftermath of historicalcritical research in Biblical studies.

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