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Inclusivity in the Old Testament

Ananda Geyser-Fouche, Carli Fourie
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4761 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4761 | © 2017 Ananda Geyser-Fouche, Carli Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2017 | Published: 27 October 2017

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Ananda Geyser-Fouche, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Carli Fourie, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

In this article, the concept of inclusivity in the Old Testament is investigated and the theology of ‘Otherness’ is discussed broadly. Various authors discuss the ‘Otherness’ in biblical Israel. These views are critiqued and a conclusion is reached that an inclusive reading in the Old Testament, specifically of the known exclusive texts in the Hebrew Bible, is a possibility. To argue for inclusivity in the Old Testament, a view of hospitality is considered and a literary review of inclusive texts is conducted, namely the Books of Ruth, Jonah, Ecclesiastes, Esther and some Deuterocanonical texts.

Keywords

inclusivity; exclusivity; otherness; Ruth; discrimination; exclude

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