Recent Submissions

  • Philo's De Decalogo: educating to respect the socially disadvantaged 

    Decock, P. B. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    Respect and care for the disadvantaged are firmly embedded in Philo’s interpretation of the Decalogue. In order to understand Philo’s teaching on this point within its proper perspective, this study highlights the following ...
  • Food for thought: interpreting the parable of the loyal and wise slave in Q 12:42-44 

    Howes, L. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    The parable of the loyal and wise slave appears in Q 12:42-46 (Matt. 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-46). I have argued elsewhere that verses 45-46 were added to verses 42-44 by Q’s main redactor. If so, only Q 12:42-44 originally ...
  • Social welfare in the Greco-Roman world as a background for early Christian practice 

    Lampe, P. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    The essay investigates if and how Greco-Roman theorists attempted to motivate altruistic behaviour and devise a social-welfare ethics. In comparison, it studies actual social-welfare practices on both the private and the ...
  • Slavery and early Christianity - a reflection from a human rights perspective 

    Kirchschlaeger, P. G. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    Addressing the topic “slavery and Early Christianity” is a difficult task for various reasons. First, it is complex to reach an understanding of slavery of that time. Secondly, there is the hermeneutic challenge of ...
  • Orphans in Mediterranean antiquity and early Christianity 

    Fitzgerald, J. T. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    This article provides an overview of the problem of orphans in the ancient Mediterranean world and identifies ways in which various societies acknowledged orphans’ plight and sought to address it. Part 1 gives the ancient ...
  • Ancient Christian care for prisoners: first and second centuries 

    Nicklas, T. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    This study deals with the question as to whether first- and second-century sources reflect ancient Christian practices of care for prisoners and in how far these sources help clarify the reasons why Christians cared for ...
  • The reception of the Deuteronomic social law in the primitive church of Jerusalem according to the Book of Acts 

    Friedl, A. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    The Book of Deuteronomy was extant in the Jewish cultural memory and played an important role in shaping Jewish identity. Its concept of the holy people of God, who live according to the social order given by YHWH and ...
  • Meek or opressed? Reading Matthew 5:5 in context 

    Domeris, W. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    According to the Gospel of Matthew 5:5, Jesus pronounces a blessing on “the meek” (Greek οἱ πραεῖς), promising that they will receive the inheritance of the earth (or land). The words of Jesus are a quotation from the ...
  • The love for the poor neighbour: in memory of her (Matthew 26:6-13) 

    Van Aarde, A. G. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    This article explores whether the Jesus saying in Matthew 26:11 contradicts the Jesus tradition about caring for the poor. Bultmann’s understanding of the love commandment provides a key to understanding this perceived ...
  • Paul, military imagery and social disadvantage 

    Punt, J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    In the past, attention for the social position or standing of the early Jesus followers was overrun by concerns for the theological and religious dimensions of those communities. The role of the Roman Empire and the ...
  • Social equality and Christian life in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians 

    Tilly, M. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    This contribution seeks to clarify how the category of eschatological equality in 1 Corinthians is to be ascertained. Is equality, in this instance, to be understood as the annulment of status differences within the ...
  • Apocalyptic groups and socially disadvantaged contexts 

    De Villiers, P. G. R. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    This study investigates the theory that apocalyptic texts originated in, and reflect the convictions and activities of socially disadvantaged groups on the margins of society. After a brief introduction to the nature of ...
  • Christian prisoners: fifth and sixth century inscriptions from Corinth 

    Breytenbach, C. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    Among the inscriptions from Corinth (in publication), there are graffiti carved into the floor of a prison in Corinth. They shed interesting light on the hopes, beliefs and opinions of Christians from late antiquity. ...
  • The punishment of slaves in early Christianity: the views of some selected church fathers 

    De Wet, C. L. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    With few exceptions, many of the Church Fathers approved, in principle, of the punishment of slaves. However, there were very specific guidelines on why, how, and when to punish slaves. The purpose of this article is to ...
  • The reception of Apphia in the fourth and fifth centuries C.E. 

    Tolmie, D. F. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)
    The aim of this study is to investigate the reception of Apphia (who is mentioned in Philemon 2 as one of the recipients of the letter) in the fourth and fifth centuries C.E. For this purpose the available sources are ...
  • Perspectives on the socially disadvantaged in early Christianity 

    Tolmie, D. F. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2016)