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Mapping theological trajectories that emerge in response to a Bible translation

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dc.contributor.advisor Kritzinger, J. N. J. (Johannes Nicolaas Jacobus), 1950
dc.contributor.advisor Van Heerden, Schalk Willem Naylor, Mark, 1959- 2014-05-21T09:18:16Z 2014-05-21T09:18:16Z 2013-12
dc.identifier.citation Naylor, Mark, 1959- (2013) Mapping theological trajectories that emerge in response to a Bible translation, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study identifies a theological trajectory of first generation “believers” – those who allow the biblical text to speak authoritatively into their lives – within the Sindhi community of Pakistan. A passage from a contemporary translation of the New Testament in the Sindhi language – Luke 15:11-32, Jesus’ Parable of the Two Lost Sons – was presented in interview settings to discover how Sindhis express their faith as they consider the message of the parable. Culture texts generated by believers are compared to those generated by “traditional” Muslim Sindhis who do not accept the Bible as authoritative. Twenty–eight people identified as Sindhi believers were interviewed as well as twenty traditional Sindhi Muslims. Similarities and contrasts between the two groups are used to discover how the theological praxis of the believers is being impacted and how they are adjusting their view of God as they engage scripture. The description of theological trajectories that diverge from accepted traditional convictions is referred to as “mapping.” Six themes were identified from the interviews that are important for both groups while demonstrating distinct contrasts and similarities. The themes are (1) God is compassionate/kind/merciful/loving beyond our imagination, (2) God forgives his servants who repent, (3) Concepts of rewards, punishment and the fear of God, (4) The relationship of human beings with God (child versus servant), (5) Issues of justice, honor and status, and (6) The importance of obedience to God. An evaluation of the six themes revealed one overarching trajectory: a shift from a dominant master–servant view of the Divine–human relationship to a father–child paradigm. The research affirms that the shift to a biblically shaped view of God is not disconnected from previous beliefs, but is based on and shaped by a priori assumptions held by members of society. Commitment to the Bible as God’s word speaking authoritatively to believers creates a shift or trajectory of faith so that current perspectives, symbols and metaphors of God are being reformed and reconfirmed through the believers’ interaction with the Sindhi translation of scripture. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (542 p.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Contextualization en
dc.subject Inculturation en
dc.subject Bible translation en
dc.subject Theological trajectory en
dc.subject Religious conversion en
dc.subject Luke 15 en
dc.subject Active listening en
dc.subject Hermeneutical spiral en
dc.subject Praxis matrix en
dc.subject Culture texts en
dc.subject Dialogue en
dc.subject Contextual theology en
dc.subject.ddc 261.0954918
dc.subject.lcsh Bible stories en
dc.subject.lcsh Intercultural communication -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Sindhi (South Asian people) en
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. Luke XV -- Sindhi -- Versions en
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. Luke XV -- Translations into Sindhi en
dc.subject.lcsh Pakistan -- Religion en
dc.subject.lcsh Conversion -- Christianity en
dc.title Mapping theological trajectories that emerge in response to a Bible translation en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology en D. Th. (Missiology)

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