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Land en volk in die Areopagusrede (Handelinge 17:22-31)

W. C. Opperman
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 26, No 4 | a1431 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v26i4.1431 | © 1992 W. C. Opperman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 1992 | Published: 10 June 1992

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W. C. Opperman,, South Africa

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The basic aim of this article is to determine an adequate translation and interpretation of Acts 17:26, and to attempt, by means of basic exegesis and in the light of revelatory history, to supply a Christian perspective on the problem of land and people(s) in Southern Africa. In order to define the possible ‘meanings’ of words and to extract the main revelatory history related to this topic, the syntax and thought structure of this pericope are also analysed. The conclusion arrived at is that the second main thought of the speech, in which the creation of man and nations is described, is contracted in Acts 17:26. The creation and determination of the abode of man and nations are very definite biblical aspects of the revelation of the true God. A very important issue evident in this pericope is that the highest calling of each nation is not in the first place to determine and secure the location or borders of its country, but to seek the face of God within the abode granted by God as He is the creator and upholder of each nation.

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