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Journal Cover   Pacifica : Australasian Theological Studies
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1030-570X - ISSN (Online) 1839-2598
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [833 journals]
  • Jesus shed tears in frustration: The contribution of dakryō and
           klaiō to the interpretation of John 11:35
    • Authors: Infante; J. S.
      Pages: 239 - 252
      Abstract: The shedding of tears of Jesus in Jn 11:35 has often been interpreted in four ways, namely: Jesus’ grief over the death of a friend, Jesus’ sadness over the reality of death in the world, Jesus’ grief over his own impending death, or Jesus’ anger because of the unbelief around him. None of these interpretations ventured into an in-depth analysis of the peculiar use of dakryō (a hapax legomenon) in Jn 11:35 within a narrative that uses klaiō three times (Jn 11:31, 332), even though both dakryō and klaiō belong to the same semantic domain. This article will explore the significance of John’s use of dakryō for the interpretation of Jn 11:35. The article suggests that the lexical shift from klaiō to dakryō signals the reader to differentiate the weeping of Jesus in Jn 11:35 from the weeping of Mary and the Ioudaioi in Jn 11:33. Through a narrative-critical analysis of the contexts of the occurrences of klaiō in the Gospel of John and dakryō in the LXX, along with a narrative-critical analysis of the Lazarus story (Jn 11:1–53), the article proposes that Jesus’ shedding of tears in Jn 11:35 is not to be interpreted in relation to mourning over death, but is rather due to the frustration of Jesus at the lack of faith around him, even by Martha and Mary, two people whom the Fourth Gospel specifically names as loved by him (Jn 11:5). Thus, the act of Jesus in Jn 11:35 may be interpreted as his shedding of tears out of frustration.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T04:49:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15573685
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 3 (2015)
  • 'What have the Romans ever done for us?' Postcolonialism, mimicry and
           hidden transcripts in the book of Revelation
    • Authors: Low; U.-W.
      Pages: 253 - 270
      Abstract: This article examines and discusses Stephen D. Moore’s suggestion that that the use of imperial themes and motifs in Revelation create a self-perpetuating cycle that lead to one imperial power being replaced by another. This article presents an alternative reading of the book of Revelation: first, acknowledging as significant the text’s status as apocalyptic literature, written as a device of inspiration and subversion against reigning powers. Such literature is shown to deliberately employ imperial themes and motifs in order to subvert imperial rule; it serves as fantasy, exposing the ‘hidden structures of false power’ and suggesting an alternative. This leads to a reading of the text using Scott’s theories of hidden transcripts. As a hidden transcript, the text serves as an anti-authoritarian device that reflects popular feelings toward an oppressor through symbolism and codes. It represents a community’s secret longing for a day of victory over their oppressors; ultimately, the inversions and mimicry of the text serve to equalize and level class structures rather than reverse them. In order to facilitate a reading that truly represents this and allows the text to speak for itself, the article suggests an understanding of the book of Revelation as a dramatic work grounded in the performance art of the Roman Empire. It engages as an example Revelation 5 in the manner of a recitatio of the early empire, highlighting the discontinuity between what is seen and heard, before further exploring the ramifications of such a reading. Though in its early stages, such a reading of Revelation returns an ambiguity and depth to the text that certain postcolonial methods are lacking, whilst acknowledging its impact as a complex literary work that seeks not to provide answers, but rather a vision of hope that stands as an alternative to the forces of empire surrounding it.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T04:49:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14558408
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 3 (2015)
  • Responding to the Moral Theology Inheritance of Benedict XVI in the Era of
           Francis I
    • Authors: McGavin; P. A.
      Pages: 271 - 293
      Abstract: The perceptions of the moral theology of Joseph Ratzinger generally focus on his work as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, involving his directing the The Catechism of the Catholic Church project, and his upholding the teachings of John Paul II. Viewed thus, his position seems dichotomous with positions designated as ‘proportionalist’ or ‘consequentialist’. This article does not offer an appreciation or a critique of these opposing positions. Rather, drawing upon works published under Ratzinger’s own name across the span of his life as scholar, bishop, prefect and pope, offers a portrayal his manner of reasoning in moral theology, and the principles espoused for dialogue and discovery within the Catholic tradition. The article also observes congruencies between the moral theology of Ratzinger and of Bergoglio as seen in Evangelii gaudium.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T04:49:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X14558359
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 3 (2015)
  • Eternity and dust? Cancer and the creative God
    • Authors: Meadowcroft; T.
      Pages: 294 - 314
      Abstract: According to the preacher, God has ‘put a sense of past and future into [our] minds, yet [we] cannot find out what God has done from the beginning and the end’ (Eccl 3:11 NRSV). As human beings we occupy the ground between our time-bound limitations and our God-imaging sense of eternity. And according to the Isaiah scroll, God ‘make[s] weal and create[s] woe’ (Isa 45:7 NRSV). There is a shadow side to the creative process of which modern science is making us increasingly aware. This article suggests that the phenomenon of cancer may be understood in the context of this risky creative process, and that as creatures of dust human beings are caught up in the riskiness of creation. This piece of speculative theology then considers the question, ‘What is God doing when cancer strikes?’ in the light of a God who, while creating, resists the suffering released by God’s own creative process.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T04:49:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15573684
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 3 (2015)
  • The metaphysical, epistemological, and theological background to Aquinas'
           theory of education in the De Magistro
    • Authors: Mooney, T. B; Nowacki, M.
      Pages: 315 - 338
      Abstract: This article explores the relation between Aquinas’ metaphysical, epistemological and theological ideas and his theory of education as presented in the De Magistro and other writings. Aquinas’ theory of education is based on a theological metaphysics of human nature and an account of human rationality that is grounded in human nature. In the first section after the introduction we provide a synopsis of Aquinas’ metaphysical narrative, but in a contemporary key that draws upon the resources of Analytical Thomism. However, this theologically inspired metaphysics leads to a somewhat neglected epistemology that is crucial to his understanding of teaching and learning in the De Magistro – the notion of connatural knowledge that we explore in the second section. Our exposition of the Thomistic ontology of the human person together with the notion of connatural knowledge, provide the context for understanding the De Magistro in the third section.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T04:49:40-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15573885
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 3 (2015)
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