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Antieke slawerny en die vroeë Christendom: teoreties-hermeneutiese perspektiewe, probleme, en die opkoms van Doulologie [Ancient Slavery and Early Christianity: Theoretical-Hermeneutical Perspectives, Problems, and the Rise of Doulology

De Wet, Chris (2014) Antieke slawerny en die vroeë Christendom: teoreties-hermeneutiese perspektiewe, probleme, en die opkoms van Doulologie [Ancient Slavery and Early Christianity: Theoretical-Hermeneutical Perspectives, Problems, and the Rise of Doulology. Litnet akademies, 11 (3). pp. 317-343. ISSN 1995-5928

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the various hermeneutico-theoretical perspectives and primary source problems related to the study of slavery in early Christianity. The article then adds to this debate by introducing the study of ancient slavery as a discourse, i.e. doulology, in early Christianity. The first section of the article investigates the status quaestionis of the problem of slavery in the early church, and especially looks at the influence of debates in classical studies on research about slavery in early Christianity. Thereafter, an account is given of the development of slavery studies in the biblical sciences in terms of hermeneutical perspectives. The second section of the article specifically looks at problems pertaining to the primary sources that research on slavery in early Christianity faces. The final part of the article provides an introduction to a new approach in studying slavery, namely as a discourse, called doulology, specifically in the sense of Michel Foucault’s discourse analysis. This section provides a framework of the possibilities for understanding slavery as discourse, both to clarify the ancient contexts of slavery, especially the early Christian context, and to become more aware of the modern legacies of ancient slavery that still so pervasively linger in our own South African society.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: slavery, slaves, early Christianity, early church, hermeneutics, New Testament slavery, doulology, discourse, Michel Foucault, kyriarchy, hermeneutics of suspicion, the apostle Paul, ancient cultural history
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 05:07
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 05:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3477

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