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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.24 no.1 Pretoria  2011


Biblical spirituality and human rights



Christo Lombaard

University of South Africa





After delineating the central concepts of this paper-the Bible, Spirituality, Biblical Spirituality and human rights-the contribution of Eckart Otto to the current understanding of ancient Jerusalemite origins of one central aspect of modern human rights culture is highlighted. Two Pentateuch texts are discussed in this light: Genesis 1:26-27 and Deuteronomy 13:2-10. Insights from these deliberations may assist people today in considering two recent developments relating to religion in the modern world: court decisions in Canada and South Africa on religion as a secular matter (drawing on the work of I. Benson), and the debate on the wearing of Muslim headscarves in France (drawing on the work of Gerrit Brand).



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Prof. Christo Lombard
Department of Missiology, Church History and Christian Spirituality. University of South Africa
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