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An Old Testament perspective on imagining in a changing society : Ezekiel as case study

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dc.contributor.advisor Wessels, Willie, 1953-
dc.contributor.author Serfontein, Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-28T06:19:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-28T06:19:00Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6540
dc.description.abstract The rapid changes in society today have caused many a leader in different environments to admit that they feel overwhelmed by, and inadequate to face the reality that this brings along. Our society is, according to many, in a transition, or as Roxburgh (2010) calls it, in an “in-between time”. This “in-between time” can be labelled as post-modern, post-colonial, post-democratic, or whatever language seems fitting; the fact of the matter is that studies are starting to show that leaders are struggling to lead in this changing landscape. This has also become particularly true in church leadership. This issue has been visited by many practical theologians of late. What has not been done yet was to visit this problem from an Old Testament perspective and to see if the Old Testament can contribute to this issue. In this study the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel is taken as case study to see if it can shed any light on the matter. Ezekiel as prophet needs to speak to an audience that is also in rapidly changing circumstances. The lives of most Judeans changed with the first Babylonian exile of 597 BCE and got worse with the final exile in 586 BCE that also included the fall of Jerusalem. Suddenly the “known” became “unknown” and the familiar surroundings and lifestyle of Judea were substituted by the unfamiliar surroundings of Babylon and life as exiles. In these times people look to their prophets and their leaders to make sense of the reality and to offer some hope for the future. Ezekiel responds to this with communication. His communication criticises and energises. His communication seems vivid and metaphorically loaded and in the end stirs up imagination. This imagination gives clarity and hope for the future. What this study therefore attempts to do is to look for the process of this communication. It tries to find the different stages that Ezekiel goes through in his communication process. Out of these stages or steps it then builds a process of communication that is suggested as a possible Old Testament perspective on a modern-day problem. In this endeavour it proposes to build a bridge between practical issues of church life, leadership in the church and Biblical Studies. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (280 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords en
dc.subject.ddc 224.406
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- O.T. -- Ezekiel -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Social change -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.subject.lcsh Communication -- Biblical teaching
dc.title An Old Testament perspective on imagining in a changing society : Ezekiel as case study en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Old Testament & Ancient Near Eastern Studies en
dc.description.degree D. Litt. et Phil. (Biblical Studies)


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