Monthly Archives: Augustus 2008

SATAN SÊ EK MOET MOOR!

Hierdie uiters tragiese berig was vandag op die voorblad van Beeld. Jy kan ook ‘n video kyk van een sy maats wat by was toe Jacques Pretorius dood gesteek is.

‘Wil jy iets cool sien?”

Met dié woorde het ’n “besete” en gemaskerde gr. 12-leerling van ’n Krugersdorpse skool voor sy skoolmaats ’n medeleerling met ’n Oosterse swaard doodgekap.

“Pasop, hy’t sy kop verloor!” het matriekleerlinge glo geskree oomblikke voordat Morné Harmse van die Hoër Tegniese Skool Nic Diederichs in Krugersdorp-Wes ’n samoerai-swaard uitgeruk en Jacques Pretorius (16) in die nek gekap het. Lees voort

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Historical Jesus 4: Third Quest

This is the fourth post on Scot McKnight’s series on the Historical Jesus reasearch.

The historical Jesus debate, as we have seen, has three (or four) phases: the old quest (Reimarus to Schweitzer), the no quest of Bultmann and the new quest following Bultmann, and then what Tom Wright dubbed the “third quest” of the present day, though there are plenty of “new” questers still around. What is the 3d Quest?

First, it is concerned with a more positive appropriation of the Gospels and a less skeptical approach to them.

Second, perhaps most significantly, its driving force seems to be showing the Jewishness of Jesus and how Jesus fit into the socio-political currents of his day. Lees voort

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Historical Jesus 3: Jesus Seminar

As a result of a very busy programme I could not post the third part on the Historical Jesus reaseach. As mentioned before, these post are from Jesus Creed hosted by Scot McKnight and you can read the original post as well as several comments in the discussion if you are interested.

This post helped me to understand what the Jesus Seminar was about, but the series helped me to understand that not all historical Jesus research is bad, but that historical Jesus research is very important if we are serious in our quest to understand the message of the Bible

Bultmann unleashed a set of criteria that were used to determine if what is attributed to Jesus in the Gospels really came from him. Now once again let’s remind ourselves of something: the historical Jesus quest is about discerning what the “real” Jesus was like in comparison to what the Gospels say about him. Lees voort

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Historical Jesus 2: Bultmann to the Jesus Seminar

This is a second post (of five) regarding the Historical Jesus research. These are posts originally written by Scot McKnight on his blog JESUS CREED. The second post will take us from Bultmann to the Jesus Seminar. These posts are in English, should any English friends of Scot visit this post. If possible, please comment in English. If not, feel free to do it in Afrikaans I will summarize your comment in English.

Bultmann to the Jesus Seminar.

More people say bad things about Bultmann than who have read him (1884-1976). Bultmann was escorted into the theological world in the day of Schweitzer’s famous Quest. Lees voort

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DIE WATERKLOOF 4

Bertus vra my die moelike vraag of ek dink ons behoort vir die Waterkloof 4 te bid en indien wel wat behoort ons te bid?

My antwoord was:

Bertus: Jy vra moeilike vrae. Ek het baie teenstrydige emosies beleef toe ek hoor hulle gaan tronk toe. My eerste emosies was met betrekking tot die ouers. Tog was ek ook baie jammer vir die seuns, sonder om te probeer regverdig wat hulle gedoen het. Lees voort

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HISTORICAL JESUS 1: FROM REIMARUS TO SCHWEITZER

I had a question recently regarding the gospel of Thomas and why it sould have more authority than any of the four gospels taken up in th Biblcal canon. What I know of the gospel of Thomas is what was written by people like Tom Wright and Scot McKnight. The Gospel of Thomas forms part of the Historical Jesus research and to put it in context, the history of this research needs to be taken note of.

I had the privilege of meeting and hosting  Scot McKnight when he was in South Africa in May this year. When we considered inviting Scot to South Africa I read his “blog” on a regular basis and learned quite a lot from the posts as well as the comments.

I also read a series of posts on the history of the Historical Jesus research. With his permission I am copying his posts on this topic on my “blog”. I am writing in English, because I expect him to drop by from time to time an comment as well. If I may ask, will you be so kind as to comment in English. I will however try and translate in a sentence or two comments that are written in Afrikaans.

FROM REIMARUS TO SCHWEITZER Lees voort

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DIE KERK IN CHINA

In die 1950’s was Mao Zedong aan die bewind in China. In die tyd van Mao Zedong is gepoog om alle Christene in China finaal uit te wis. Dit was onwettig vir Christene om bymekaar te kom en God te aanbid.

In die 1970’s was daar ‘n kulturele revolusie. Die Chinese Regering het dit toe nog moeiliker gemaak vir die ongeveer 1 miljoen Christene om te aanbid. Een van die gevolge was dat die Christene in China ondergronds gegaan het. Dit was ‘n tyd van bitter vervolging vir die Christene in China. In daardie tyd het dit onwettig geword om in groepe van meer as 15 bymekaar te kom. Die Christene was nie toegelaat om enige gebou te hê nie, en geen Bybels mag versprei geword het nie. Lees voort

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