Original Research

Interpreting the visio Dei in Matthew 5:8

Francois P. Viljoen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a905 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.905 | © 2012 Francois P. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 July 2010 | Published: 16 January 2012

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Francois P. Viljoen, North-West University, South Africa


The academic study of the biblical text often depends on the naïve assumption that a researcher can obtain stable knowledge of the single meaning of a text. This article investigated how the visio Dei in Matthew 5:8 has led to a variety of concepts through the centuries. This proves how different readers come to different readings. Interpreters should be aware of how their contexts impact on their understanding of meaning, but should also realise how taking cognisance of the wide variety of readings could enrich their own interpretation.


Visio Dei; seeing God; Interpretation; meaning; Matthew 5:8


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