Original Research - Special Collection: Spirituality

Primordial Spirituality

Kees Waaijman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a894 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.894 | © 2010 Kees Waaijman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 2010 | Published: 05 November 2010

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Kees Waaijman, Radboud University University of the Free State, Netherlands


This article explores the primordial spirituality of the Bible, as expressed in names, narratives and prayers. It looks at the nomadic families of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Lea and Rachel, moving around from Mesopotamia via Canaan into Egypt and vice versa (see Gn 11:31–32; 12:4–5; 27:43; 28:10; 29:4; Gn 24 and 29–31). It analyses their experiences, covering the span between birth and death and listens to their parental concerns about education as survival. It also follows their journeys along the margins of the deserts. It shares their community life as it takes shape in mutual solidarity, mercy and compassion.


Primordial spirituality; birth in the Bible; death in the Bible; learning in the Bible; migratory life in the Bible; community in the Bible; mercy in the Bible; compassion in the Bible; family in the Bible


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