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Gebed in die Ou en Nuwe Testament: ’n Vergelykende studie

D.F. O’Kennedy
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 4 | a614 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i4.614 | © 2000 D.F. O’Kennedy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published: 15 August 2000

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D.F. O’Kennedy, Dept. Ou en Nuwe Testament, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

Prayer in the Old and New Testament: A comparative study

There are many publications on prayer; though the Biblical basis of prayer is often neglected. This article presents a general overview of the similarities and unique features of prayer in the Old and New Testament. Some of the unique features of New Testament prayer are the Trinitarian character; the prayer of the exalted Jesus; the emphasis on prayer teaching and the attitude of the supplicant. The unique features of Old Testament prayer are inter alia the Psalms as “prayer book” and the greater emphasis on prayer and cult/public worship. One can conclude that there is no significant gap or contradiction in the prayer content of the Old and New Testament. Several similarities between the Old and New Testament’s views on prayer confirm this opinion. In many ways the forms and traditions of Israelite prayer that preceded the career of Jesus and the first Christian community were continued in the New Testament.

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Prayer In Old And New Testament; Occurrence And Nature Of Prayer

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