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Jesus: The apex of biblical canons

Jean-Claude Loba Mkole
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 4 | a7189 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i4.7189 | © 2022 Jean-Claude Loba Mkole | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2021 | Published: 11 May 2022

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Jean-Claude Loba Mkole, Department of Hebrew, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Abstract

This article aims at showing how Jesus is the apex of biblical canons, the authority that grants the status of sacredness to Christian, canonical and biblical books. It uses an intercultural approach involving three cultural frames of reference whereby the Protestant Church leadership will represent a contemporary culture, while the Roman Catholic Church stands for traditional church culture, and Jesus’ authority reflects an original biblical culture. Consequently, the article consists of three parts: the impact of Scripture on the contemporary Protestant Church in Africa, the authority of biblical canon in the Roman Catholic Church and Jesus’ authority in original biblical cultures.

Contribution: The article has established that in the biblical cultures, Jesus’ authority is recognised in canonical gospels and in extra canonical writings. In the Catholic Church, this authority is celebrated in the liturgy, expanded from the canonical biblical books and translated into the canon law. In the current Protestant Church in Africa, Jesus’ authority empowers the ministers to significantly impact their audiences.


Keywords

Jesus; apex; authority; biblical canons; intercultural approach; Roman Catholic Church; Protestant Church

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