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  1. The Role of Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism for South African Traffic Officers.Rochelle Jacobs & Annelize van Niekerk - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-6.
    Traffic officers are faced with many stressful situations, yet each traffic officer might cope differently with these stressors. Spirituality is regarded as an essential defence in stressful situations. Therefore, this article provides a basic framework guiding traffic officers and practitioners, on how spirituality can be used as a coping mechanism when faced with various work-related stressors. An interpretative, qualitative study was conducted utilising purposive sampling in which 10 traffic officers participated in in-depth interviews. In line with the interpretive paradigm, data (...)
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  2. Mystifying Moments in Bible Interpretation: An Exploration of Some Implied Backgrounds to Three Kinds of Unusual Bible Readings.Christo Lombaard - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-8.
    This contribution is part of a series on Methodology and Biblical Spirituality. In this, the fourth contribution, the scope is widened; more practical-analytically oriented, three thoroughly different but nevertheless all unusual kinds of interpretations of the Bible are described, characterised and contextualised. Namely: • In order to explain what are perceived as textual anomalies, some Old Testament authors have been described by US-based medical practitioners as having suffered psychiatric dysfunctions. • The Garden of Eden from Genesis 2 and further has (...)
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  3. Challenges Facing the Ministerial Formation in Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa: A Critical Reflection.Moroka Mogashoa & Karabo Makofane - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-9.
    Following the union of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa and Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa to form the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa in 1999, it was necessary to consolidate theological education of a united church. This was a wise and bold decision by UPCSA, as a first attempt to integrate the training of both black and white students, but more importantly to give institutional expression to the advancement of unity. University of Pretoria became a major training (...)
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  4. Lewensbeskoulike Aspekte in Die Openbare Standpunte van Twee Presidente.Piet Strauss - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-8.
    The last two presidents of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State, S.J.P. Kruger and M.T. Steyn, both stood in the tradition of the Christian Afrikaner. Kruger as the symbol of Afrikaner republicanism in the 19th century and Steyn as a younger and more modern Afrikaner, tried to base their policies openly and clearly on Biblical and Christian principles. Kruger as a member and recognised minister of the Reformed Churches in South Africa formulated his views in (...)
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    '... Earth's Proud Empires Pass Away…': The Glorification and Critique of Power in Songs and Hymns of Imperial Britain.Gertrud Tönsing - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-9.
    Songs and hymns shape faith and play a part in shaping political landscapes. They can be used to build or maintain power as well as to critique and challenge it. This has been true for South Africa, and some brief examples will be given. But this article focuses on hymns and patriotic songs from the time of the British Empire and explores how they portray power, entrench superiority or build a common, global Christian identity.
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  6. Conceptualising Holiness in the Gospel of John: The Mode and Objectives of Holiness.Dirk van der Merwe - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-9.
    This article investigates the code of holiness as well as the objectives of holiness in the Gospel of John. The en route to holiness will be dealt with in a following article, 'Conceptualizing holiness in the Gospel of John: the en route to holiness and the character of holiness '. In the Gospel of John, the holiness of the trinity constitutes the theological environment for the code of holiness and forms the basis for the exhortation to holiness. The code of (...)
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  7. Is Psalm 104 an Expression of Dark Green Religion?Hennie Viviers - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-8.
    Bron Taylor defines dark green religion as follows: '… a deep sense of belonging to and connectedness in nature, while perceiving the earth and its living systems to be sacred and interconnected'. Can Psalm 104, with its conspicuous focus on nature, also be described as an expression of dark green religion? Utilising especially the dark green values of belonging, interconnectedness and sacredness, it was found that the psalm aptly confirms Earth as home, illustrates a deep-seated kinship with other living creatures (...)
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  8. Hilasterion and Imperial Ideology: A New Reading of Romans 3:25.Mark Wilson - 2017 - Hts Theological Studies 73 (3):1-9.
    Paul uses the hapax legomenon ίλαστήριον in Romans 3:25. Pauline scholars have discussed the background for Paul's use of the word, whether from the LXX, Second Temple practice or pagan inscriptions. Two altars were found in the Asian city of Metropolis in the early 1990s with the dedication Καίσαρος ἱλαστηρίου. This article discusses their discovery, the history of Metropolis and the possible relationship of Paul to the city. It explores the date of the erection of the altars by establishing a (...)
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