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‘Laat uw Naam geheiligd worden’: Een uiting van eerbied aan God

Evert-Jan Vledder
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a839 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.839 | © 2011 Evert-Jan Vledder | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 April 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Evert-Jan Vledder, Hervormde gemeente Immanuël-West, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Along with Norman Metzler, I will argue that the first petition of the Lord’s prayer: ‘Hallowed be thy Name’ (Mt 6:9b) is not the first petition in proper sense. It rather can be seen as a ‘parenthetical doxological phrase’ that describes closer the address ‘Our Father in Heaven’ (Mt 6:9b), following examples in both Jewish and Muslim traditions. The question will be raised whether the devotional address to God is not a stronger base for respectful co-existence and dialogue with each other than a rather general moral demand of ‘having respect for each other’?


Lord’s Prayer; First Petition; doxology; Interreligious Dialogue


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