HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
VILJOEN, Francois P.. Interpreting the visio Dei in Matthew 5:8. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2012, vol.68, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.
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.