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’n Pastoraal hermeneutiese lees van Paulus se briewe: 1 Tessalonisense as toetsgeval

Jaco Putter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2084 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2084 | © 2016 Jaco Putter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2016 | Published: 30 August 2016

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Jaco Putter, Unit for Reformed Theology and Development of the SA Society, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa


Paul’s letters, filled with pastoral content, are illustrating how he founded the church communities, shaping them and caring for them with various techniques. Paul shaped these communities within their own contexts after they had received and accepted the gospel. The outcome was that such a church community and its individuals created their own worldview from which they viewed and experienced the world. It is argued here that their worldview influenced the individuals’ and groups’ identity, values, norms and actions. All these aspects influenced each other in an interactive dynamic way with interdependence as a result. If one aspect changes, it affects all the other areas. These aspects are rooted in the individual’s emotive and cognitive areas. Paul addresses this in his letters by referring to these two areas on a constant basis by reflecting on how the converts had to change the way they thought and lived in order to imitate Christ. This motivated them to endure difficult situations they found themselves in. When reading Paul’s letters with this in mind a new pastoral understanding of it emerges, as illustrated with reference to 1 Thessalonians.


Hermeneutiek; 1 Tessalonisense; Wêreldbeeld; Pastoral Hermeneutics; 1 Thessalonians; Worldview


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