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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Adeptus     Open Access  
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription  
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access  
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Anabases     Open Access  
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Anglo-Saxon England     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 224)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Arbutus Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arion : A Journal of Humanities and the Classics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 226)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Journal of Popular Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access  
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access  
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal  
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access  
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access  
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 37)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access  
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access  
Enfoques     Open Access  
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access  
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
German Research     Hybrid Journal  
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Human Resources for Health     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  

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  • South African writings of Morris Hoffman : between Yiddish and Hebrew
    • Abstract: Author: Kotlerman, Ber Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 569-582 Abstract: Morris Hoffman (1885-1940), who was born in a Latvian township and emigrated to South Africa in 1906, was a brilliant example of the Eastern European Jewish maskil writing with equal fluency in both Yiddish and Hebrew. He published poetry and prose in South African Yiddish and Hebrew periodicals. His long Yiddish poem under the title Afrikaner epopeyen (African epics) was considered to be the best Yiddish poetry written in South Africa. In 1939, a selection of his Yiddish stories under the title Unter afrikaner zun (Under the African sun) was prepared for publishing in De Aar, Cape Province (which is now in the Northern Cape Province), and published after his death in 1951 in Johannesburg. The Hebrew version of the stories was published in Israel in 1949 under the title Tahat shmey afrikah (Under the skies of Africa). The article deals with certain differences between the versions using the example of one of the bilingual stories. The comparison between the versions illuminates Hoffman's reflections on the relations between Jews and Afrikaners with a rather new perspective which underlines their religious background.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • Is there philosophy in the Hebrew Bible? Some recent affirmative
           perspectives
    • Abstract: Author: Gericke, Jaco Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 583-598 Abstract: This article discusses a selection of the most recent examples from both biblical scholarship and Jewish philosophy of the construction of the Hebrew Bible as a philosophical resource. By way of a descriptive overview of the relevant ideas in the writings of exemplars such as Davies, Hazony, Gericke, Glouberman and Sekine, the study reveals a neglected albeit radical trend in the contemporary attempted return of philosophy to Hebrew Bible interpretation and vice-versa. These new developments are labelled "philosophical maximalism", involving as they do the classification of the entire corpus of the Hebrew Bible as philosophical literature, in one sense or another.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • Incorporating ancient Israel's worldview into the teaching of Biblical
           Hebrew
    • Abstract: Author: Miller-Naude, Cynthia L. Naude, Jacobus A. Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 599-614 Abstract: Modern language instruction always includes a cultural component - students do not learn just isolated words, morphology and syntax, but rather the cultural context of the language and its speakers. The teaching of Biblical Hebrew, however, has usually taken place in a cultural vacuum without reference to the cultural concepts that permeated ancient Israelite society. In this paper we describe an initiative to embed the teaching of Biblical Hebrew within the cultural world-view of ancient Israel in accordance with modern language pedagogy. Because South Africa is a multi-cultural society, we pay particular attention to the differing cultural backgrounds that our students bring to the learning of ancient Hebrew.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • The use of interrogatives in the book of Ezekiel and their translation in
           the ancient versions
    • Abstract: Author: Van Rooy, Harry Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 615-632 Abstract: The Hebrew book of Ezekiel contains more than 70 questions, many of them rhetorical. The questions are introduced by interrogative particles, such as הּ and אּלּה, and interrogative pronouns. There are also questions without such particles. This paper investigates the construction and use of questions in the Hebrew Ezekiel and the translation of these questions into the Septuagint, Peshitta, Targum and Vulgate. The first section of the paper deals with the construction of questions in the Hebrew Old Testament as well as in the versions. The main part of the paper discusses a few of the different kinds of questions in the Hebrew Ezekiel, and their rendering into the versions. From the examples discussed, it is clear that the Targum normally follows the Hebrew closely. The LXX and Vulgate do not have fixed patterns, but use interrogative particles in the majority of examples. The Peshitta is close to the Hebrew in factual questions, but shows a variety of translations for yes-no questions, in most instances without any interrogative particles.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • Metaphor's forgotten brother : a survey of metonymy in Biblical Hebrew
           poetry
    • Abstract: Author: Chau, Kevin Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 633-652 Abstract: Metaphor has long been a subject of interest for biblical scholarship; however metonymy, which is closely related to metaphor, has received far less attention. Metaphor and metonymy are distinct in their conceptual processes, metaphor juxtaposes two conceptually distinct domains and metonymy creates relationships within one conceptual domain, but they share many similarities and often function in concert in poetry. Although metaphor has received the lion's share of our attention, further study of metonymy will enrich our knowledge of metaphor and the poetics behind biblical poetry (i.e., the mechanisms and principles that govern poetry). This article introduces the two main forms of metonymy: taxonomic and partonomic. Taxonomic metonymy is based upon relationships between a more comprehensive and less comprehensive category (e.g., SPECIFIC FOR GENERAL), and partonomic metonymy is based upon contiguous relationships (e.g., PART FOR WHOLE). It surveys the various poetic functions of partonomic metonymy (semantic compaction, oblique reference, and semantic multivalency), and concludes by illustrating how accounting for metonymy can aid in solving the interpretive difficulties in the poetic passage of Jr 5:15-16.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • Paleo-Hebrew script in Jerusalem and Judea from the second century B.C.E.
           through the second century C.E. : a reconsideration
    • Abstract: Author: Zissu, Boaz Abadi, Omri Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 653-664 Abstract: The article focuses on the use of the Paleo-Hebrew script versus the square script (known also as "Jewish script" or "Assyrian") by the Jews of Judea during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. From the Persian period until the Bar Kokhba Rebellion, Paleo-Hebrew script was used in various Jewish contexts (official, sacred, funerary) and on a variety of substrates (parchment, stone, coins, and pottery). The most representative artefacts bearing inscriptions in the Paleo-Hebrew script are Jewish coins of that time and the Dead Sea Scrolls. One common view is that because the Hasmoneans and the rebels in both revolts sought to establish their sovereignty, they employed symbols of Jewish significance and the archaic and obsolete - but prestigious - Paleo-Hebrew script, which was a reminder of the glorious past. Studies of the Dead Sea Scrolls commonly premise that greater holiness and value was attached to the Paleo-Hebrew script than to the square script. The article shows that, in the Second Temple period, the square script was considered holy. Consequently, those who were scrupulous about observing the laws of ritual purity refrained from using the square script for mundane purposes and used the Paleo-Hebrew script instead.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • List of referees
    • Abstract: Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 665 Abstract: List of referees
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:08Z
       
  • The salvific task of the suffering servant in Isaiah 42:1-7 : a
           contemporary perspective
    • Abstract: Author: Rugwiji, Temba Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 289-314 Abstract: The theme of salvation is central in the servant songs. In Isaiah 42:1-7, the theme of salvation prefigures the significant task of the suffering servant. First, this essay commences with a critical analysis of Isaiah 42:1-7. This analysis will shed light on the context from which the text emerged in an effort to decipher salvific themes in the text. Second, the study maintains that Yahweh's exclusivist proclamation in the Old Testament (hereafter OT) is revised in order to also include non-Jews in his salvific programme of the universe. Third, the term salvation is defined as depicting liberation in the OT. Liberation comprises various facets, including but not limited to political freedom, economic emancipation, democracy, justice, poverty eradication, and equal rights, amongst others. Fourth, this essay will explore divergent views on the identity of the suffering servant in the servant songs, such as Jeremiah, Cyrus, Jacob/Israel, and Jesus. The Christian view of the suffering servant will also be considered. Fifth, this article will discuss servant leadership in our contemporary context, in which Nelson Mandela as a representative example of a servant leader is explored. The overall objective of this research is to identify some salvific tasks of the suffering servant in the first servant song in order to inspire, inform and legitimise socio-political transformation in our contemporary society.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • 'n Waarderingswoord aan prof. dr. H. F. (Herrie) van Rooy : redaksie /
           editorial
    • Abstract: Author: Van Deventer, H.J.M. Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 287-288 Abstract: Herculaas Frederik van Rooy, wat op 7 Augustus 1949 sy eerste asem geadem het, het vanjaar (2014) op die vooraand van die lente in Suid-Afrika sy vyf-en-sestigste verjaarsdag gevier. Herrie het dus daardie ouderdom bereik waarop akademici verbonde aan staats-gefinansierde universiteite amptelik onthef word van belangrike, maar dikwels minder aangename verpligtinge wat deel is van hierdie professie. Gelukkig vir die gilde van Semitici in Suid Afrika gaan Herrie vir die afsienbare toekoms steeds 'n rol speel in die verdere uitbou van hierdie vakgebied. Hy het ingestem om vanaf 2015 vir 'n termyn te dien as Direkteur van 'n nuutgestigde navorsingsfokusarea, Antieke Tekste: Teks, Konteks en Resepsie, aan die Noordwes-Universiteit.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Leadership in times of crisis : Nahum as master of language and imagery
    • Abstract: Author: Wessels, Wilhelm J. Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 315-338 Abstract: The book of Nahum reflects a time in the history of Judah when they were dominated by the Assyrians. The book displays oracles of a prophet named Nahum who encourages the people of Judah to put their trust in YHWH who would destroy their enemy and so secure their future. Several examples are highlighted to illustrate how the prophet uses language and imagery effectively for this purpose (Nahum 1:2-8; 9-15 [Heb. 1:9-2:1]; 2:1-13 [2:2-14]; and 3:1-17; 18-19). An attempt is further made to demonstrate how Nahum craftily uses language and images to create a reality check for the people of Judah and their enemy as to how pride will be turned to humiliation through the intervention of YHWH.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Rhetorical criticism and the affective dimension of the biblical text
    • Abstract: Author: Martin, Lee Roy Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 339-353 Abstract: In the years since James Muilenburg challenged biblical scholars to move beyond form criticism, rhetorical criticism has become an accepted method within Old Testament studies. Biblical scholars, however, have been hesitant to examine the affective argument of biblical rhetoric, what Aristotle called pathos. This article suggests that the biblical documents advocate for certain agendas, and they use both logical and affective proofs to form their arguments. Therefore, what is offered here is a critical approach to examining the affective content of the biblical text, not as a new method, but as one part of the larger hermeneutical strategy.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Malachi's vision of the temple : an emblem of eschatological hope (Malachi
           3:1-5) and an economic centre of the community (Malachi 3:10-12)
    • Abstract: Author: Boloje, Blessing Onoriode Groenewald, Alphonso Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 354-381 Abstract: This article shows how temples were viewed in biblical Israel and how the prophets understood the temple in their different contexts. The temple is emphasised as the abode of Yahweh by the prophets before the exile. During the exile, it is seen as a symbol of the reestablishment of the people as community of faith, and in the post-exilic era, the temple is conceived as an emblem of the restoration and revival of the people and as a representation of an eschatological hope. These prophetic conceptions of the temple are used by the prophets in their respective contexts to challenge people to move towards their aim. In keeping with these prophetic traditions, the article highlights the fact that in the book of Malachi the temple is discerned as an emblem of eschatological hope, wherein Yahweh's last judgment is determined and the triumph of his people is declared and granted (Malachi 3:1-5) and as an economic centre of the community (Malachi 3:10-12). The consistency of Malachi's vision validates similar prophetic formulae and theological themes.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Constructing a deceitful deity - the disempowerment of Bel - Bel and the
           dragon, verses 1-22 (OG/Th)
    • Abstract: Author: De Bruyn, Joseph Jacobus Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 382-403 Abstract: In this article aspects of narrative critique, body, space and ancient cosmologies are combined into a spatial-body framework. This spatial-body framework is then used to analyse the first narrative episode of "Bel and the Dragon" which is described as "The disempowerment of Bel". Simultaneously, this smaller narrative episode is read in reciprocal relationship with the larger narrative of the Greek Daniel. Such an analysis indicates a shift in the author's personal cosmology. First, a new worldview is created within which all alien gods are false. Second, the Babylonian god Bel is recreated as a deceitful deity. Third, the identity of the Jewish deity is recreated as an omnipresent all-powerful god. By means of the narrative the editor/author creates a new reality and worldview within which the Jews in the diaspora can still be faithful to their God without being afraid of competing earthly powers or other so-called deities.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • On the meaning of Job 26:9
    • Abstract: Author: Pinker, Aron Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 404-422 Abstract: Attribution of the speeches to the various figures in the concluding cycles of the Jobian debates is an unsettled issue. The variety of proposals is baffling and hardly any agreement exists. Clines (1960:628) claims that "the evidence of general disarray in the attribution of speeches from 24:18 to chap. 28 suggests rather that the text has been subjected to some damage in the course of transmission." This study focuses on 26:9 in the context of the unit consisting of vv. 7-13.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • The legacy of 1 Enoch on Ethiopian literature
    • Abstract: Author: Asale, Bruk Ayele Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 423-442 Abstract: 1 Enoch disappeared centuries ago from the Jewish and the Christian world where it originated, and from where it spread widely gaining canonical authority. It survives in its entirety in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewhahedo Church (EOTC) to date. Hence, it is to be expected that traces of the book's legacy can still be detected in the church. Evidently, the book has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention in the last hundred years, more specifically since the landmark discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, its legacy in the EOTC and its influence on the community that is credited with honouring it for many centuries, keeping its original authority and usage intact, have been largely omitted from the discussion. This article, therefore, asks what traces the influence of 1 Enoch has left in Ethiopia and in what its legacy consists. In its attempt to respond to these questions, the article focuses particularly on the literary influences the book has on Ethiopian literature. Though the influence and legacy of the book is not limited to the literary realm, the article limits itself to it alone. Subsequent discussions may go beyond this to consider ways in which the book may have contributed to the making of Ethiopia at large.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Lost in translation : present-day terms in the maintenance texts of the
           nadiātu from old Babylonian Nippur
    • Abstract: Author: Van Wyk, Susandra J. Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 443-483 Abstract: Present-day terms such as the usufruct - in civil law systems - and its equivalent, the life-right - in common law systems - were foreign to ancient Near Eastern legal texts. Prima facie both terms - usufruct and life-right - direct the "time-limited interest" of the use and enjoyment by a person over the property of another. However, mainstream ancient Near Eastern scholars' unqualified use of the foreign terms - diverged in time and space - affect the translation and our insight into ancient texts. In addition, differences in land ownership institutions and philosophies in present-day law systems and those of ANE contribute to variances in the meaning and interpretation of the intrinsic aspects of property and as such "time-limited interest" applicable: a usufruct, life-right or even a hybrid form of both. In the article, I focus on the maintenance - a time-limited interest - of the nadītu priestess in the Old Babylonian city-state of Nippur. The application of Stone's theory on Nippur's land ownership - the institutions' economy - prima facie shows that the nadiātu of Nippur held a freestanding life-right, rather than a usufruct which the majority of ANE scholars assigned to the nadiātu's maintenance. However, I propose a deviation with the superficial overlay of present-day terms on the maintenance of the nadiātu by presenting a time-limited interest framework. The framework serves as a delineation method of identifying the characteristics of the maintenance-construction of the nadiātu from OB Nippur: communicating a "unitary concept" in context of the ancient texts - rather than only assigning coined terms - taking recognition of the influences of Nippur's land ownership philosophy.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Hebrew הבח : a kompositions- und
           redaktionsgeschichte
    • Abstract: Author: Spoelstra, Joshua Joel Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 484-499 Abstract: הבח , the term designated for the vessels of Noah (Gn 6-9*) and Moses (Ex 2*), has been a conundrum for biblical scholarship on several levels, namely the identification of the source language and its definition, and translation variation amongst daughter versions. After these aforementioned issues are surveyed and expounded, a redactional construction is proffered which attempts to legitimise the majority consensus that הבח is Egyptian in origin and explicate why this term is present in the flood and foundling narratives. Thus it is argued that the non-P redactor, at the time of the Persian period, edited the vessel terminology in the flood from P's אּרוך to הבח for polemical - and political/theological - reasons portending to new life, not death (ḏbȜ.t).
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Reading Jeremiah 13:23 in an African context
    • Abstract: Author: Adamo, David Tuesday Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 500-530 Abstract: This paper examines the meaning and importance of Jeremiah 13:23 critically. The author argues that one of the greatest prophets of ancient Israel, having been familiar with the military might, wisdom and vastness of their African territories does not despise black African people but uses them as standards against which to evaluate Israel in Jeremiah 13:23 as did other biblical passages (Amos 9:7; Is 17:3, 11-15; 30:1-2; 31:1-3; 45:14; Ez 27:7; Dn 11:43). The reasons for using black people and nations as standards against which to evaluate Israel are: first, their vast territories, great military might and power, wealth and wisdom (Is 19:5, 11-15; Is 45:14; Ez 27:7; Dn 11:43); second, it makes their high esteem to be boosted when these nations are cited as paradigmatic. The central theological message of Jeremiah 13:23 is to address the question of Judah's habituation of sin which leads to slavery that is irredeemable. Judah has an indelible stain and "her evil habits held her fast like bands of steel". The various English translations of Jeremiah 13:23 in different English versions of the Bible are misleading and therefore a disservice to the black race all over the world. The proper translation according to this author should have been: "Would Black Africans change their skin or the leopards their sports? So also you who have learnt to do evil could do evil."
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • The sources of Cosmas Indicopleustes' miniatures of animals : the case of
           the "unicorn"
    • Abstract: Author: Christides, V. Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 531-546 Abstract: The aim of this paper is to trace the sources of the Byzantine author Cosmas Indicopleustes' miniatures of animals, in particular of the "unicorn", in his work Christian topography. Cosmas, a sixth century seaman and merchant, wrote his work, Christian topography, based on his personal experience travelling in the Red Sea and beyond. Although his main aim was to enhance religious beliefs, his work yields important geographical information concerning navigation, peoples and animals of various countries neighbouring the Red Sea and beyond. His description of various exotic countries is decorated with drawings and numerous designs relevant to his cosmological interpretation of the Bible. While Cosmas' cosmological theory and the relevant designs have been studied by a number of scholars, little attention has been paid to his drawings of animals based on his travelling experience. An attempt is made in this study to trace the origin of Cosmas Indicopleustes' illustrations of animals, focusing on the unicorn. Furthermore, a comparison with similar drawings found in Arabic manuscripts is added. An effort is also made in this study to draw information not only from the pictorial evidence but also from the literary tradition of the original Greek and Arabic sources.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
  • Dealing with the history-nature dualism in ecological theology
    • Abstract: Author: Van Heerden, Willie Vol 23 Issue 2 Publication: 2014 Page: 547-568 Abstract: Christian theologians have been accused of contributing to humanity's alienation from nature, because they have drawn a sharp distinction between history and nature (also between humanity and nature, and God and nature). This study first offers a brief overview of studies that shed light on problems related to the history-nature dichotomy in Christian theology, and then focuses on two sets of proposed solutions to these problems: downplaying history in favour of nature, and embracing non-idealistic and non-dualistic models of the relation between history and nature. The twofold thesis of this paper is, first, that downplaying history in favour of nature may not be the most fruitful way of solving problems related to the history-nature dichotomy. This thesis is supported by literature on problem formation and problem resolution. Secondly, it argues that studies on the role of history and narrative in the formation of environmental values, and the interconnections between the histories of humans and their environments, offer useful alternatives to dualistic views of the relation between humans and the rest of the earth community. Based on these insights, the paper then offers a reading of Genesis 1:1-2:4a, which contains the biblical passage quoted most often by those who have accused Christianity of being biased against the earth and the earth community, namely Genesis 1:26-28.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T12:32:07Z
       
 
 
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