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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 33, Issue 2, 2005
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Volume 33, Issue 2, 2005
Author W.A. SaaymanSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 205 –213 (2005)More Less
The article argues that New Testament Studies and Missiology exist in an uncomfortable relationship in South Africa. The two main reasons for this are the separation between the theological disciplines since the Enlightenment, and the hegemony in biblical studies of the historical-critical method. The article uses the phrase ""for reasons of the heart"" in an attempt to analyse the uneasy relationship between New Testament Studies and Missiology in South Africa, and also attempts to take the debate further by suggesting possible ways forward. Both the grammar of the mind and the rhetoric of the heart will be necessary to bridge this gulf.
Author G. StenschkeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 214 –233 (2005)More Less
The author reflects on Saayman's paper, ""New Testament Studies and Missiology in South Africa: Uneasy bedfellows?"" in this journal. He agrees with Saayman's negative evaluation of the role played by the separation of theological disciplines and the hegemony of historical criticism. He argues, though, that the main problem with historical criticism is the underlying worldview and philosophy, based on an enlightenment understanding of history.
Author J. MbitiSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 234 –248 (2005)More Less
The article discusses the influence of the Bible in Africa, with special reference to homes, schools and churches. The author finds strong biblical influences in African literature, referring specifically to Ngugi wa Thiong'o. The Bible has deeply influenced many cultures and peoples in Africa.
Author K. HaackeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 249 –262 (2005)More Less
The article is built around three catchwords: one Gospel, a well-known saying that is often obscured by emphasis on the diversity within the New Testament; different people, which refers to the variety of groups that formed the early church; manifold preaching, which refers to the essential dialogue with peoples and cultures, expressed nowadays as contextualisation and inculturation. Haacker illustrates his 3 catchwords by analysing Paul's letter to the Romans.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you (In 20:21): The mission of Jesus and the mission of the churchAuthor E.J. SchnabelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 263 –286 (2005)More Less
The article deals with the mission of Jesus and its relation to the missionary activity of the early church. There are serious methodological issues to be addressed when speaking about Jesus, especially relating to the authenticity or non-authenticity of Gospel material, hermeneutical positions concerning the mission of Jesus, etc. A minimalist position (such as that of Bultmann and Schweitzer) on questions relating to the authenticity of Gospel material led to the distancing of Jesus from the early church and its activities.
Author D.E. GarlandSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 287 –302 (2005)More Less
The author analyses Paul's arguments on the issue of idol food in I Cor 8-10. The growing multicultural and multireligious makeï¿½up of communities all over the world makes the question of Christians participating in rituals where idols are venerated a buming one. Paul's argument is complex, since he calls for complete avoidance of all overt contexts of idolatry, which the Corinthians consider unreasonable and too costly. By arguing about the different viewpoints of the strong and the weak, Garland concludes that Paul is not simply exonerating the eating of idol food by the strong but rather impresses on them how careful they must be in the light of their Christian fellowship with the weak.
Paradigm shifts in mission: From an ethic of domination to an ethic of justice and love: The case of 1 Tim 2:8-15Author S. NadarSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 303 –314 (2005)More Less
The article explores the passage 1 Tim 2:8-15 from a womanist point of view. Its starting point is that the mission of the church should not dominate or alienate but spread love and justice. If the church wishes to do this, it should embody love and justice in its own structures and relationships. If a scriptural passage is oppressive it does not have authority; for that reason 1 Tim 2:8-15 should not be obeyed, but it should be taken seriously.
Author N.A. BothaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 315 –328 (2005)More Less
The article introduces mission as prophecy as a metaphorical understanding of mission, by reading the Apocalypse from a visionary-metorical perspective. First, it explains the preference to speak of mission in metaphorical terms rather than in watertight definitions. Second, it present a theologica/-missiological reading of the Apocalypse in the South African context. Third, it shows the trickiness of advancing the notion of mission as prophecy in post-apartheid South Africa. In conclusion, it presents a broad outline proposal for prophetic witness in South Africa and a globalised world.
Author D.G. Van Der MerweSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 329 –354 (2005)More Less
The suffering of Christian believers on account of hostility, disparagement or persecution, especially due to their faith in and confession of Christ, is a global phenomenon and the 20th century has seen more Christian martyrs than any previous century. This was anticipated by the two most prominent figures in the New Testament, Jesus and Paul, e.g. in 2 Timothy 3:12: '...all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.'
Author T.S. MalulekeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 355 –374 (2005)More Less
At a post-conference of the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) in Hammanskraal in 2001 a white South African Bible translator Eric Hermanson read a paper that sharply criticised the view of Dr Musa Dube, a woman theologian from Botswana. The matter at stake is the translation of some Greek words referring to 'demons' in the NT with the Setswana term 'badimo.' Hermanson has defended the translation as a valid contextualisation whereas Dube regards it as alienating colonisation.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 33, pp 375 –381 (2005)More Less