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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Versoening met God in deur Etienne van Heerden : godsdienswetenskappe

 

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In hierdie artikel word gepoog om die uitgangspunte van Etienne van Heerden in die roman rakende die versoening met God te oorweeg. Ten eerste word die karakters in die roman se beskouing ten opsigte van die plaasvervanging van Christus asook die implikasies van hulle standpunte oorweeg. 'n Teologiese beredenering van plaasvervanging en versoening volg daarna. Daar word gepoog om standpunte te evalueer deur middel van 'n literatuurstudie en eksegetiese en hermeneutiese beginsels. Die debat tussen John en Van Coller oor die terapeutiese implikasies van die literatuur word geneem as uitgangspunt vir die beskouing oor die aard van die ontknoping van die roman. Die bevinding is dat daar in die roman 'n oop einde is wat moontlik versoening veronderstel, of ook ontgogeling. Vanuit 'n teologiese perspektief word die versoening, soos deur Paulus verkondig, egter rede tot 'n lofuiting.


In this article the essential viewpoints of Etienne van Heerden in the novel concerning atonement and reconciliation with God is discussed. is regarded as Van Heerden's best novel and has received excellent reviews (Cochrane 2009; De Villiers 2009; Human 2008; Painter 2008; Van der Westhuizen 2009). It was also awarded the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Afrikaans literature.
is a novel with challenging and provocative themes. In the small South African town of Somerset East an uninspiring museum assistant, Henk de Melker, passes his time by writing short monographs on equally uninspiring people. His situation is rather gloomy, as he goes about doing research on Cornelius van Gogh, the lesser-known brother of Vincent and Theo van Gogh. His life changes dramatically when he receives a letter from the Netherlands from his long lost aunt, Susan or Zan, via the lawyer Grotius. It is clear that he is the heir of Zan and should go to Amsterdam to receive his inheritance of a house in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam he experiences much. In the midst of all his experiences he relives his life with Zan and his dysfunctional family. In a radical turn of events he is confronted with Zan's still being alive and they return to South Africa. At the end of the novel Zan and Henk visit the place where Zan's lover, Wehmeyer, was burned by the necklace method during the Struggle in the apartheid era. A naked Zan dances a macabre dance with a bone from Wehmeyer's remains.

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2013-08-01
2016-12-05
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