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Berend Gemser, hoogleraar 1926-1955

J. P. Oberholzer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 48, No 1/2 | a2378 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v48i1/2.2378 | © 1992 J. P. Oberholzer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1992 | Published: 09 January 1992

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J. P. Oberholzer, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Berend Gemser, professor 1926-1955
Berend Gemser, who came to the University of Pretoria in 1926 to fill two chairs, those of Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies, is acknowledged as the initiater of the scientific study of these disciplines in South Africa. In this article special attention is given to his theology. It is shown that in his thought historical criticism was fully integrated in a concept of Scripture, simultaneously wholly of a subserviant character and an organic unity, without denying the distance between the two Testaments. Attention is also drawn to Gemser’s dialogue with some exponents of Afrikaner thought, and to his growing concern about certain aspects of this thought.


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