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Hoe dink vandag se mense oor die Bybel?

I. J. J. Spangenberg

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 23, No 1 (2002), 183-195. doi: 10.4102/ve.v23i1.1218

Submitted: 07 August 2002
Published:  06 September 2002


How do people from our day and age view the Bible?
Not all members of the Dutch Reformed Church cherish the same view about Scripture. The letters in the Afrikaans newspapers on religious issues clearly reflect this. There are two groups of scholars in the church whose views on Scripture impact on church members’ views. They are (1) systematic theologians and (2) biblical scholars. A large number of systematic theologians adhere to the view which was formulated during the heydays of Protestant Orthodoxy, i.e. that the Bible reflects a double authorship. They prefer to use the Latin words “auctor primaries” and “auctores secundarii” when writing about Scripture. A large number of biblical scholars, however, work with the idea that the Bible reflects single authorship. God did not write. Humans wrote the books of the Bible. It goes without saying that ordinary church members do not always understand the differences and are often perplexed by these differences. It is of utmost importance to discuss these differences and to try and find some middle ground in the church.

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I. J. J. Spangenberg, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, South Africa



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