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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28 n.2 Bloemfontein Dec. 2008


Reading the New Testament from a theological perspective



H.C. van Zyl

Prof. H.C. van Zyl, Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. e-mail:




This article argues that, from the perspective of the faith community, it is not enough to read the Bible only from a "technical" point of view; a theological perspective is also required. Subsequently the article deals with what a theological reading entails: A reader-orientated and a text-orientated view are presented.

Keywords: Reading theologically, Theological hermeneutics, General hermeneutics, New Testament, Reader-orientated interpretation, Text-orientated interpretation

Trefwoorde: Teologiese lees, Teologiese hermeneutiek, Algemene hermeneutiek, Nuwe Testament, Leser-geörienteerde interpretasie, Teks-geörienteerde interpretasie



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