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Verandering van die moreel-etiese situasie in Suid-Afrika in die lig van die kenmotief in 2 Petrus 1:3-4

D.G. Breed, G.J.C. Jordaan
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 2 | a594 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i2.594 | © 2000 D.G. Breed, G.J.C. Jordaan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published: 15 August 2000

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D.G. Breed, Gereformeerde Kerk Waterkloofrand, Pretoria, South Africa
G.J.C. Jordaan, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

The change in the moral-ethical situation in South Africa, in the light of the motif of knowing in 2 Peter 1:3-4

In this article it is argued that in 2 Peter 1:3-4 a motif of knowing is present as a clearly repeated and meaningful semantic unit. An attempt is made to indicate that a profound knowledge of Jesus Christ was instrumental in giving the apostles accepted religious beliefs. These accepted beliefs enabled the apostles to act in such a manner that their behaviour reflected correct religious beliefs and attitudes. The profound knowledge of Jesus Christ also played an important role in the establishment of a covenantal relationship between God and the first readers of 2 Peter. This knowledge also enabled these readers to withstand the moral corruption in the world. In conclusion the possible significance of the motif of knowing in 2 Peter in changing the present South African moral-ethical situation is highlighted.

Keywords

2 Peter; Covenantal Relationship; Knowledge; Moral Corruption; Religious Truths; Testament Genre

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