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Exegesis And Contextuality: Happy Marriage, Divorce Or Living (Apart) Together?

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This chapter reflects on the question of how the relation between exegesis and contextuality is outlined in the Dutch context. To highlight the contrast, it takes a look at developments in Latin America. The chapter describes a number of pitfalls that have tripped up the discussion between North and South, and describes the challenges for contextual exegesis and for a fruitful discussion between Dutch and South African contextual exegetes. The chapter ends with a question of which of the three possibilities is suitable for exegesis and contextuality. The author considers divorce a disaster, an impoverishment of both partners. A marriage is also not his preference either, as the house soon becomes too small, and the dependence too great. The author opts for living apart together. How tight the relation is will depend on how the two partners behave, how carefully they listen to each other.

Keywords: contextuality; divorce; Dutch contextual exegetes; exegesis; Latin America; living together; marriage; South African contextual exegetes



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