oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Exodus - Ethnic identity or revolutionary memory?
|Article Title||The Exodus - Ethnic identity or revolutionary memory?|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 School of Theology, University of Natal, Scottsville|
|Publication Date||Apr 1999|
|Pages||20 - 61|
|Keyword(s)||Biblically based soteriology, Cultural dissolution, Destructive weapon systems, Ecological deterioration, God's mission, Grace accepted in faith, Judaism, Moral decay, Oppressed, Poor, Post-exilic restoration, Saving souls for eternity, Urgent needs of humankind and Well-being of all people|
The concept of redemption is central to an understanding of the mission of the church. liberation theology elevated the exodus motif to its hermeneutical key, while conventional Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical schools concentrate on issues surrounding covenant, law and grace. As part of a project to reconceptualise the soteriological agenda in more holistic and genuinely biblical terms, this essay traces the trajectory of the exodus-conquest paradigm through biblical history. It finds that, in biblical times, the exodus motif did not play an emancipatory role, but rather defined the identity of the Israelites / Jews as the chosen people of God.
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