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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 no.1 Pretoria  2010

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.391 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Die dialektiek tussen leser en teks: 'n Gesprek oor hermeneutiese homiletiek

 

Dialectics between reader and text: A discussion on hermeneutical homiletics

 

 

Hennie J.C. Pieterse

Departement Praktiese Teologie, Universiteit van Pretoria, Pretoria, Suid-Afrika

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The fundamentalist reaction to contemporary theological discourse in South Africa expresses the need for homiletics to give serious attention to the pre-understanding of our existential situation in order to understand the Biblical text for preaching. Empirical research shows that most preachers concentrate on exegesis in sermon preparation, but do not succeed in actualising the message of the text in their own context. In homiletics, the question still remains whether the own context of the reader of a Biblical text should be seen as an integral part of the hermeneutical-homiletical theory. This article argues that there is a creative tension between reader and Biblical text in the hermeneutical process of sermon preparation, provided the two are treated equally. Because either the text or the reader sometimes dominates the process of understanding, a choice is made for an equal dialectical weight of reader and text in hermeneutical-homiletics, referring to H-G. Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur as sources. This approach opens up the possibility of topical preaching as a result of a creative tension between reader and text in sermon preparation.

Keywords: gebrek aan aktuele prediking; hermeneutiese homiletiek; H-G Gadamer en Paul Ricoeur; oorheersing van teks of leser in die verstaansproses; vrugbare spanning tussen teks en leser op gelyke vlak


 

 

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Correspondence:
Hennie Pieterse
Maraisstraat 262
Brooklyn 0181
Suid-Afrika
Email: pietehjc@absamail.co.za

Received: 22 Apr. 2010
Accepted: 24 Aug. 2010
Published: 22 Nov. 2010

 

 

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