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The church’s responsibility towards the social order: An Old Testament hermeneutic problem

A.P.B. Breytenbach
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 61, No 3 | a467 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v61i3.467 | © 2005 A.P.B. Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2005 | Published: 12 October 2005

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A.P.B. Breytenbach, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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There is a widespread conviction among conservative groups in the Afrikaans speaking mainline churches in South Africa that the church has a responsibility towards the structuring of society. This conviction is based on a reading of the Old Testament which can be traced back to Calvin. The article hypothesises that such a hermeneutic cannot be maintained in the aftermath of historicalcritical research in Biblical studies.


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