Original Research - Special Collection: Being a Change Agent in a Post-Covid South Africa

Biblical witness and economy in the writings of Klaus Nürnberger

Christoffel Lombaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 3 | a6092 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i3.6092 | © 2021 Christoffel Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 2020 | Published: 24 February 2021

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Christoffel Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Given the purpose of this special edition, to consider theologically the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in this contribution, the writings of one of the important yet under-appreciated South African figures in thinking from biblical theology on matters of economics, Klaus Nürnberger, are taken into review. The relationship between (1) biblical witness and (2) faith and (3) deeds stands central in Nürnberger’s theological framework. His interdisciplinarity has lasting validity because he takes seriously the disciplines involved, such as historical Bible scholarship, economic theory, social theory and the like. By his own reckoning, it is partly because of this kind of interdisciplinarity that Nürnberger’s contributions on this topic had in a sense been marginalised. For this reason too, it is important in a new era to review sympathetically and appropriate critically the significant contributions of Nürnberger on the biblical witness to economic engagement.

Contribution: This research article, as a part of this themed collection, considers theologically the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a review of Nürnberger’s contributions on the biblical witness to economic engagement. Nürnberger’s interdisciplinarity in his contributions helps set the direction for future engagements in the dawning post-secular era.


Klaus Nürnberger; Economic development; Biblical witness; Post-secularism; Theology; Interdisciplinarity


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