Die identiteit van God se volk in die Ou en Nuwe Testament ? Wysgerige perspektief
The hermeneutical strategy used to determine the identity of the people of God in the Old and New Testament is that of continuity (constancy) and discontinuity (change). In the first part of the article this distinction is investigated and described from an episte mological perspective. Then it is used to analyse various texts related to the phrase “people of God”. The conclusion is that the phrase is synonymous with “the calledout ones”, which could well be used as translation equivalent for the Greek term ekkl?sia in certain contexts in the New Testament. The institutional church is not the only disclosure of ekkl?sia; it is only one way in which the ekkl?sia is in the world. The ekkl?sia embraces the total life and witness of the people of God in the worldwide kingdom of Christ, which should be contrasted with the kindom of darkness.
In analysing the relevant texts, certain stylistic features and rhetorical techniques which the various authors used to highlight important issues and persuade their readers to their point of view, have been identified and their functions described.
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