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"Sit u hier maar gaan staan jy daar": Kantaantekeninge by Jakobus 2:1-4

Jan van der Watt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1856 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1856 | © 2001 Jan van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Jan van der Watt, Departement Nuwe-Testamentiese Wetenskap Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

"You may sit here, but you must stand there" -On James 2:1-4 The question is what the speaker in James 2:2-3. Intended when he said that the rich man may sit "here" on a good place, but that the poor man must stand over "there" or may sit "under" his footstool. It is argued that this episode should be located within a larger ancient house which was used as a gathering place for the Christian community. The poor man is asked to stand in the courtyard or may sit on the ground in  the sittingroom. The rich man gets a place on the couches, common pieces offurniture in these rooms.

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