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Die filosofie kan die teologie help om weg te beweeg van ‘n onhistoriese, sinkroniese interpretasie van tekste na ‘n historiese, diakroniese interpretasie van tekste

Pieter H.J. Labuschagne, Jurie H. le Roux
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 1 | a706 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.706 | © 2012 Pieter H.J. Labuschagne, Jurie H. le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 January 2012 | Published: 05 July 2012

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Pieter H.J. Labuschagne, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Jurie H. le Roux, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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In the last few decades in South Africa, much emphasis has been placed on unhistorical, synchronistic interpretations of the text of the Old Testament. Very little effort has been made to look into the long historical development of the text from the sources to the present form. Sometimes the advocates of these synchronistic approaches even responded with hostility towards any approach that would, in their words, deny the authority of the text. Their search was for absolute truth, which they believed could be secured by their methods. The uncertainties of historical research were not attractive to them. In this article, we briefly look at Gerhard Von Rad’s Traditionsgeschichte [History of Traditions] and Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Wirkungsgeschichte [Reception History] and point out that mankind is rooted in history. We thus come to understanding through a process that is tied to our historical horisons. Furthermore, it will become clear that theology and philosophy can help one another in defining the process of understanding.


Old Testament; hermeneutics; Gerhard Von Rad; Hans-Georg Gadamer; horizons


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