Original Research - Special Collection: Impact of Reformed Theology

Die impak van die teologie van Dirk Postma op die Gereformeerde Hermeneutiek

Wim C. Vergeer
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 2 | a2563 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i2.2563 | © 2020 Wim C. Vergeer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 November 2019 | Published: 30 June 2020

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Wim C. Vergeer, The Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

The impact of the theology of Dirk Postma on Reformed Hermeneutics: At the 150th commemoration of the founding of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches of South-Africa, this article explores the specific historical origins and characteristics of Reformed Hermeneutics. By determining the rules of exegesis, Reformed Hermeneutics indeed has a fundamental influence on the development of Reformed Theology. The research indicates that the theological views of Dirk Postma lay at the heart of Reformed Hermeneutics. His views can further be traced to those of Aegidius Francken, a product of the Nadere Reformatie. An analysis of two recent publications outlining Reformed Hermeneutics indicates that the same hermeneutical principles that Dirk Postma upheld, still hold sway in Reformed Theology today. These principles are outlined and are put forward as standard for the future development of Reformed Theology.

Keywords

Gereformeerde Hermeneutiek; Dirk Postma; Aegidius Francken; Teologiese Skool Potchefstroom; Teologiese opleiding; Reformed Hermeneutics; Theological Seminary Potchefstroom; Theological education

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