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HTS Theological Studies

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VAN WYK (JR), Wouter C.. The current debate on Biblical interpretation: a short review and application. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2011, vol.67, n.3, pp. 267-274. ISSN 2072-8050.

The article offers a review of important aspects of Biblical interpretation discussed in four recent books published in Afrikaans by prominent theologians Dirkie Smit, Gerrie Snyman, Gert Malan and Klaus Nürnberger. In the light of challenges to the traditional dogmas of the church and new ethical questions posed by a changing world, factors giving rise to conflict over Biblical interpretation are discussed. A number of untenable approaches to modern day Biblical interpretation are outlined, followed by a discussion of aspects of Biblical interpretation that have become more and more important. These insights are then applied to the current debate on Biblical interpretation within the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa. The article is concluded with a plea for continued concerted efforts to search for valid Biblical interpretation.

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