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Jung, the Pentateuch and ethics

Eben Scheffler
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 25, No 2 | a292 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v25i2.292 | © 2004 Eben Scheffler | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 October 2004 | Published: 06 October 2004

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Eben Scheffler, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article reflects on the contribution  that can  be made to the interpretation of the Bible by employing the analytical psychology of Carl Jung. After some relevant biographical considerations on Jung, his view of religion and the Bible is briefly considered, followed by a look into Genesis 1-3 in terms of his distinction of archetypes. It is suggested in the conclusion that Jungian psychological Biblical criticism can lead to a changed, but fresh view on the ‘authority’ or influence of the Bible in the lives of (post)modern human beings and their (ethical) behaviour.


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