Original Research - Special Collection: Rudolf Bultmann Symposium

Christelike etiek vanuit die perspektief van naasteliefde: Rudolf Bultmann en Stoïsynse etiek

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2870 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2870 | © 2015 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 November 2014 | Published: 15 June 2015

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Andries G. van Aarde, Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the Unit for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Christian ethics from the perspective of neighbourly love: Rudolf Bultmann and Stoic ethics. This article consists of various sections. The first concerns a cultural-sensitive explanation of the meaning of the term ‘neighbour’. The second exemplifies Rudolf Bultmann’s understanding of the meaning of the love commandment which is found in the Jesus tradition and in the New Testament. This explanation represents a paraphrase of Bultmann’s reflection on the notion ’neighbourly love’ in Afrikaans. The article elaborates on Bultmann’s interpretation by means of expanded exegetical comments. The article also endorses Bultmann’s juxtaposition of Christian ethics with Greek Stoic ethics. This Greek heritage is described in an expanded way. The article discusses Bultmann’s understanding of neighbourly love within the context of the core values of his hermeneutics. The results are made relevant for the present-day Christian ethical perspective on the adherence to the so-called natural law, applied to the South African sociopolitical situation.


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