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Hermeneutiese perspektiewe op geweld in die Nuwe Testament

Pieter G.R. de Villiers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 4 | a89 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i4.89 | © 2008 Pieter G.R. de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 January 2008 | Published: 16 January 2008

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Pieter G.R. de Villiers, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa

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Abstract

Hermeneutical perspectives on violence in the New Testament

This article discusses hermeneutical perspectives on violence in the New Testament as they appear in articles in this publication and in New Testament Studies in general. It contrasts the traditional perspective on the New Testament as book of peace with the growing insight in its violent nature. It is followed by a discussion of the multi-faceted nature of both notions of peace and violence and the various forms in which they are expressed. After an analysis of the relationship between violence and its alternatives, the various forms of violence are outlined in terms of their relationship to their experiential realities. This is followed by remarks about an adequate methodology for the study of violence, the way in which violence is countered in the New Testament texts and, finally, three possible explanations for the nature of violence.

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