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Voorbeelde van die ontwikkeling van geloofsgemeenskappe in verskillende tekste en kontekste: Vanaf die Ou Testament en die Nuwe Testament tot vandag

Ananda Geyser-Fouche, Carli Fourie
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a5222 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5222 | © 2018 Ananda Geyser-Fouche, Carli Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2018 | Published: 05 December 2018

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


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Abstract

In this study, the development of faith communities is investigated in different texts and contexts. The socio-religious understanding of various communities, from the time of the Old Testament, to today, has the potential to provide an understanding of ecclesiology and perceptions about what ‘church’ entails. In this study it is not suggested that there is one ideal faith community, nor can the approach of one faith community be adopted by another community. Every community exists within a certain socio-historical context and must be understood as functioning within that framework. Yet it is possible to learn from history by reinterpreting key elements in new contexts.

Keywords

ecclesiology; church; synagogue; faith community; socio-religious context; Judaism; Old Testament; church; context; contextual theology; hermeneutic; inclusivity; exclusivity; kerkbegrip; ekklesiologie; geloofsgemeenskappe

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