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Liggaamstaal in gebed: ’n Nuwe-Testamentiese perspektief

A. B. du Toit
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 15, No 2 | a1096 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v15i2.1096 | © 1994 A. B. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 July 1994 | Published: 19 July 1994

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A. B. du Toit,, South Africa

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Abstract

Bodily posture in prayer: A New Testament perspective
The New Testament does not prescribe any specific bodily postures or gestures for praying. All three universal postures, viz that of standing, kneeling and prostration, are repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament documents without comment. Directives are, however, given on the spiritual attitudes which should influence bodily expression. In deciding on different options for today the importance of socio-cultural conventions should be kept in mind. In line with the New Testament and the early church fathers it can be considered to express humility, contrition and supplication by kneeling and/or bowing the head (while standing or sitting), and to praise God while standing erect, with or without uplifting of the hands.

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