Original Research

Missional precepts of the jubilee as an incentive to address poverty in South Africa and beyond

Takalani A. Muswubi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 58, No 1 | a3082 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v58i1.3082 | © 2024 Takalani A. Muswubi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 March 2024 | Published: 08 July 2024

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Takalani A. Muswubi, Department of Missiology, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Abstract

This article uncovers and articulates the missional precepts of the jubilee as an incentive in addressing poverty in South Africa and beyond. The jubilee is instituted as a special incentive not only of God’s liberation (deliverance and salvation) but also for God’s consecration (reconciliation and restoration). At the heart (centre) of jubilee is the gospel call that God fulfilled through Jesus Christ and his ministry. The main question is: what is an incentive of and for addressing poverty in South Africa and beyond? This article is set to discuss three main aspects of the jubilee as an incentive to address poverty in South Africa and beyond. Firstly, the basic point is the nature of the jubilee, which is defined in its inception; secondly, the critical point is the significance of the jubilee, which is distinguished in its conception in Israel’s history; and thirdly as the ultimate point, the role of the jubilee, which is discerned in its reception in and outside the church, especially in addressing poverty in South Africa and beyond.

Contribution: This article seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the nature (inception), the significance (conception), and the role (reception) of the jubilee. Without the scriptural basis, the missional precepts of the jubilee as an incentive to address poverty is confused, conflicted, and contested that the poor and the needy are robbed of the missional precepts of the jubilee in addressing poverty in South Africa and beyond.


Keywords

Missional; biblical jubilee; incentive; slavery; glocally

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

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