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Die opdrag tot "vyandsliefde" (Mt 5:44) - 'n kruiskulturele studie tussen die Mattheusgemeenskap en die Afrikanergemeenskap

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dc.contributor.author Veldtman K en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:38:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:38:29Z
dc.date.created 1996 en
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/36577
dc.description.abstract In this thesis the command to love your enemy has been the theme of a cross-cultural study of the first century Matthean community and post-1994 Afrikaners. The purpose of this study was to reveal certain contextual truths concerning love of enemy by creating a dialogue between the two communities. In order to do justice to both communities the cultural context of these communities was examined. Firstly the social history and sociological aspects of the Matthean community were studied. The gospel of Matthew has consequently been portrayed as a scripture written to a community living in unstable social, political and economic circumstances. An era of invasion and imperialism by foreign forces brought about periodical geopolitical chances and had a destabilizing influence on the indigenous communities. The Hellenistic cultural imperialism led in many cases to the erosion of the local communities. As the Matthean community was well acquainted with the Greek language and culture it has been deduced that the community was also subjected to these influences. The Matthean community was loyal to the Jewish history, tradition and Torah. The era of imperialism also had a destabilizing influence on Judaism. Fragmentation and factionalism were characteristic of first century Judaism. Different groups within Judaism competed with one another in their efforts to give new meaning to the old cultural identity and religious practices. In the light of the Matthean community's loyalty to Judaism it has been portrayed as a sect within Judaism, but also as a community that gradually became estranged from the core of Judaism. Their participation in Jewish institutions like the synagogue was limited. Their message of higher righteousness as taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, was not accepted by the Judaists. The command to love your enemy (Matt 5.44) was further studied within the context of the Gospel of Matthew and the Sermon on Mount. Love of enem4es is an integral part of higher righteousness. The six antitheses in the Sermon on the Mount make it clear that the striving to achieve higher righteousness the true meaning and purpose of the Torah. Love of enemy as taught in the Sermon on the Mount is in fact the true meaning of the command to love your neighbour. Higher righteousness is the central theme in the story of Jesus life. The command of higher righteousness and love of enemies form part of the teachings and the mission commandments Jesus. The cultural and ethnic identity of Afrikaners was discussed. In the history of Afrikaners the Bible played a central role in the lives of the trekker communities. They associated themselves very strongly with some of the Old Testament stories and consequently with the Old Testament Israel. Fear of the enemy or the "other" was and is an important factor determining the ethnic identity of Afrikaners. Boundaries were drawn to keep the "other" out, but this process of drawing boundaries was taken too far in the apartheid years. Now in the post-1994 context these boundaries and fears have to be broken down so that Afrikaners can participate in a positive way in the new South Africa. The process of dialogue produced important insights from the context of the Matthean community, which are of value to Afrikaners in the post-1994 situation. It has become apparent that love of enemy and higher righteousness is a way in which Afrikaners can achieve a creative tension between the past and the present and maintain continuity and discontinuity. en
dc.language Afrikaans en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Comparative theology en
dc.title Die opdrag tot "vyandsliefde" (Mt 5:44) - 'n kruiskulturele studie tussen die Mattheusgemeenskap en die Afrikanergemeenskap en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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