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Relevance Theory as an approach to interpreting the Bible for children: The Lucan version of the Lord

Annette H. Evans
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 35, No 1 | a1325 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i1.1325 | © 2014 Annette H. Evans | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 2014 | Published: 11 August 2014

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Recent research has demonstrated that children are sensitive to the underlying causal structureof the world and seek to form new causal representations at a much earlier age than hadpreviously been supposed. Modern scientific understanding of the evolution of life conflictswith the biblical representation of earth as the centre of the world, and of human beings as theimago Dei. Consequently, young children frequently experience cognitive dissonance whenexposed to biblical texts. Two previous pilot studies utilising specifically designed illustratedbooklets demonstrated that children respond more readily to a text that is relevant to their owncultural context. This article tests the possibility of presenting a universally relevant biblicaltext (Lk 11:2b


Relevance Theory; Bible; Children; Lord's Prayer


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