Original Research

A social scientific study of the significance of the jubilee in the New Testament

Gert Volschenk, Andries van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 2 | a554 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i2.554 | © 2002 Gert Volschenk, Andries van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 17 December 2002

About the author(s)

Gert Volschenk, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andries van Aarde, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Full Text:

PDF (232KB)

Share this article

Bookmark and Share

Abstract

This social scientific study of the Biblical jubilee focuses primarily on the jubilee as a metaphor within the framework of engaged hermeneutics. The jubilee was a symbol of transformation and emancipation. The article shows the significance of the jubilee in the New Testament as interpreted within the context of the reign of God and salvation in Jesus Christ.  The liberation from enslavement pertains to all levels of human existence, including socio-economic and political interrelationships. The study demonstrates conflicting perceptions of land tenancy in an ancient economy that resulted in the exploitation and enslavement of peasants and their families. The constructs of the advanced agrarian society and the pre-industrial city are used as heuristic models for the interpretation of data.  

Keywords

No related keywords in the metadata.

Metrics

Total abstract views: 1437
Total article views: 2389


Crossref Citations

No related citations found.