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Die korrektiewe aard van die Ou Testament en die betekenis daarvan vir teologiebeoefening

J. L. Helberg
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 29, No 1/2 | a1533 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v29i1/2.1533 | © 1995 J. L. Helberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 1995 | Published: 12 June 1995

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J. L. Helberg,, South Africa

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Abstract

This article briefly explores the character and content of the correc­tive element in the Old Testament and also draws the line through to the New Testament, i.e. to Jesus Christ. Attention is given to the atti­tude of the Old Testament to evil powers, man, the covenant people, the proclaimers of the Word, the listeners or readers, and the Old Testament itself. The relevance of this corrective element in the prac­tice of theology is also cursorily explored. The conclusion is that theology implies imperfect human reflection on Scripture as the perfect Word of God. Theology should he practised in humility, con­tinually being tested against Scripture as norm and accordingly being reformed. Furthermore, theology should not merely criticise or con­demn other approaches but should have a missionary inclination.

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