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Some preliminary thoughts on epistemological transformation and the study of the Old Testament

S.D. Snyman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 2 | a794 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i2.794 | © 2013 S.D. Snyman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 September 2012 | Published: 04 September 2013

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S.D. Snyman, Department of Old Testament, University of the Free State, South Africa


This contribution addressed the question of epistemological transformation in the study of the Old Testament in South Africa. Epistemological transformation entails the way in which we think of knowledge: what do we teach, why do we teach the knowledge that we teach and how do we teach? This contribution focused on the first and second aspects of knowledge. The aspect of transformation brings to mind the post–1994 situation in South Africa. In view of the major transition South Africa has made in terms of an inclusive democratic dispensation this new state of affairs, combined with the past we came from, necessitates a process of epistemological transformation in the study of the Old Testament. At the occasion of the retirement of a colleague it might be appropriate to look back and open up some possibilities for the future of Old Testament studies in South Africa.


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