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Probleme rondom die verklaring van die Bybel in die gereformeerde teologie: ’n Christelik-filosofiese besinning

B. J. van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 43, No 1 | a212 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v43i1.212 | © 2009 B. J. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2009 | Published: 26 July 2009

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B. J. van der Walt, Skool vir Filosofie, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Problems in interpreting the Bible in reformed theology: a Christian-philosophical reflection
It is becoming evident that previous convictions about the nature of the Bible as well as the ways in which it should be interpreted, are not convincing anymore. The resulting uncer- tainty is causing division and tension among reformed theolo- gies and churches in South Africa. This Christian-philosophical reflection intends to help clarify some of the issues. A previous article (cf. Van der Walt, 2008d) was focused mainly on a view of Scripture itself, while the present article concentrates on its interpretation. However, to be able to read the Bible correctly, one has to know exactly what kind of book it is – how it is qualified.


The first main section, therefore, discusses what it means to view the Bible as a book of faith. The following section provides an overview of the traditional hermeneutical methods, including the most popular among reformed scholars. In the third part attention is given to the “hermeneutical revolultion” since the last part of the previous century. Since not only the ancient Bible text, but also the present-day reader are regarded as important today, one’s worldview and philosophy have become vital determining elements in reading Scripture. The last sec- tion, therefore, discusses the relationship between worldview and exegesis. As one’s worldview influences one’s exegesis, one can not deny or try to hide one’s worldviewish presuppo- sitions. At the same time, however, one should be aware of the dangers associated with a Christian worldview. Thus, a few criteria for judging the correctness of a worldview will be mentioned in conclusion.


Bible; Nature Of Hermeneutical Methods; Philsophy; Christian Worldview Crieria For A Reliable Worldview Dangers Of


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