Original Research - Special Collection: Holiness

Holiness in spirituality

Kees Waaijman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3463 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3463 | © 2016 Kees Waaijman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2016 | Published: 01 December 2016

About the author(s)

Kees Waaijman, Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; Titus Brandsma Insitituut, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Netherlands


This article investigates the keyword of ‘holiness’. It will analyse how holiness names and frames the field of spirituality in a specific manner. In this analysis, a phenomenological and dialogical approach will be compared and weighed, followed by a discussion of the paradigmatic method that will focus on themes from five biblical texts, namely the revelation of Jahwe’s name, the holiness of Jahwe’s people, the holiness of creation, the holy order of justice and peace and holiness as a mystagogical process. Some reflections will be offered in conclusion.


Holiness; Spirituality; Jahweh


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