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A contribution from Proverbs and Daniel to reflection on Ecodomy

Pieter M. Venter
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 3 | a1615 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i3.1615 | © 2017 Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 April 2016 | Published: 06 October 2017

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Pieter M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Ecodomy studies need heuristic models to inform Christians how to cope with their world. The Bible presents different appropriate models. These models are to be read in conjunction with each other. The models presented by the sapiential literature in Proverbs and the apocalyptic literature in Daniel are studied in this chapter. The Books of Proverbs and Daniel seem to present opposite viewpoints on what life should be. Proverbs propagates a life of faith, wisdom and participation in the orderly world God created. Daniel’s advice is to wait upon God in this chaotic world. It is proposed that these seemingly opposing viewpoints are to be read in dialogue with each other. Their juxtaposition presents a lifestyle that is optimistic as well as realistic, trusting God’s superior reign.

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Proverbs; Daniel; Ecodomy

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