Contending for Justice: Ideologies and Theologies of Social by Walter Houston

Old Testament

By Walter Houston

Contending for Justice analyses texts on social justice within the outdated Testament and argues that regardless of their ideological personality they could nonetheless help in shaping a Christian theological method of social and international injustice. The booklet argues at the one hand type curiosity is all in favour of all texts as regards to social justice, and at the different that, that the very curiosity calls for that they need to entice the broadest attainable public through the use of regularly permitted moral and theological principles.


Four components are set out in a hermeneutical inspiration: texts might be understood as rhetoric in genuine social events, as ideology holding a social place, as defining well-known moral values, and theologically as having a severe and optimistic capability for the interpreter's personal state of affairs. A moment bankruptcy makes an attempt to caricature the social stipulations within which such texts have been shaped. The hermeneutical scheme is then utilized, yet no longer rigidly, to a variety of texts: prophetic denunciations of oppression, texts in quite a few genres defining the features of the simply person, texts within the Psalms and Isaiah defining the obligation of the king to guard the terrible, visions of a simply group within the prophets, phrases of Torah geared toward holding the indebted negative and restoring an autonomous peasantry, and assertions of the justice of God. The ebook concludes with short reflections at the worth of the outdated testomony as a source within the fight for justice. 


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T h is w ill h elp u s in u n d e rsta n d in g h o w th e ideologies o f th e text are re la te d to reality. C h a p te r 3 show s how th e g ro w in g e x p lo ita tio n a n d in e q u a lity d e sc rib e d in th e p rev io u s ch a p te r is seen in p ro p h e tic texts: it is a n analysis o f inju stice as p erceiv ed w ith in the id e o ­ lo gical fra m e w o rk o f th o s e texts. C h a p te r 4, w h ich d e a ls w ith how ju stice is u n d e rs to o d at th e level o f in d iv id u al a c tio n , sh o w s fro m te x ts in E zekiel, th e law a n d w isd o m th a t th e p ro p h e tic resp o n se relies o n a w id esp re ad u n d e r­ sta n d in g o f w h a t ju stic e in so c iety d em an d s.

28 M o sa la w as w ritin g B iblical H erm en eu tics a n d B la ck T heo lo g y in S o u th A fric a in th e p e rio d im m ed iately b efo re th e e n d o f w h ite ru le, w hen th e a p p ro a c h o f lib e ra tio n th e o lo g y w as bein g w idely ta k e n u p b y black th e o ­ lo g ia n s involved in Ihe lib e ra tio n struggle. O n Ih e w hole th ese w riters— they in c lu d e su c h w ell-k n o w n figures a s D e sm o n d T u tu a n d A lla n B o esak — held a relatively co n serv ativ e view o f th e a u th o rity o f th e Bible.

T h e ch a p te rs o n M icah arc ex am in ed in détail below, pp. 55-57. 1. T e x ts a n d C o n texts 9 In M o s a la 's view, a resp o n sib le h erm e n eu tics req u ires th e o p p resse d n o t to claim th e id eo lo g y o f th e o p p re sso r a s th e W ord o f G o d ; b u t n o t sim ply to p ic k a n d c h o o se th e te x ts w h ich a p p e a r su p p o rtiv e eith er. 34 T h e re is a p ro b lem h ere w h ich is n o t u n iq u e to M o sa la . It is th a t th e re is little ev id en ce fo r a n y th in g th a t c o u ld be called class stru g g le in an c ie n t Isra e l a n d J u d a h .

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