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A home for all: The story of the inversion of hospitality in Genesis 19

Friday S. Kassa
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 1 | a2493 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i1.2493 | © 2019 Friday S. Kassa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 May 2019 | Published: 04 November 2019

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Friday S. Kassa, Department of Old and New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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This article is a theological-ethical reading of the narrative of Lot’s hospitality in Genesis 19, using the hermeneutical lens of a Christian faith tradition. It considers hospitality as a living existential struggle that has crucial contemporary implications. The article poses the question: How do we see the arrival of ‘the other’ into our so-called ‘private and secure territory’? It then attempts a response to the question from the inversion of hospitality’s point of view and its resultant effects.


Hospitality; Lot; Sodom; Wickedness; Genesis 19; Narrative Criticism.


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