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Die rol van die Ou Testament in die ordening van die samelewing by A A van Ruler

Collins Hertzog, Andries Breytenbach
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 56, No 4 | a1818 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v56i4.1818 | © 2000 Collins Hertzog, Andries Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2000 | Published: 14 December 2000

About the author(s)

Collins Hertzog, Departement Ou-Testamentiese Wetenskap, Universiteit van Pretoia, South Africa
Andries Breytenbach, Departement Ou-Testamentiese Wetenskap, Universiteit van Pretoia, South Africa

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The role of the Old Testament in the arrangement of society as applied by A A van Ruler. This study considers A A van Ruler's position with regard to theological themes like eschatology, theocracy, torah and volkskerk. It endeavours to grasp Van Ruler's understanding of the Old Testament as the norm for establishing a theocratic social order. The following two conclusions are reached: the context of the Old Testament must be taken into account when interpreting it or when drawing support from it, and the Old Testament should not be used to back up preconceived notions about theocracy and the arrangement of society. The influence Van Ruler exercised on the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk compels this church to reconsider its position with regard to his points of view.


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