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The Old Testament as Liberation?

P. R. Ackroyd and G. N. Stanton

in Introducing the Old Testament

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780192132543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.003.0009

Series: Oxford Bible Series

The Old Testament as Liberation?

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This chapter focuses on the theme of theology as a liberating force in society. The Christian Church is generally viewed as more concerned with the maintenance of the status quo than with the challenges of the established order. Around the middle of the 20th century a movement arose in Latin America that came to be known as ‘liberation theology’. Its main characteristic is to make people aware of their own potentiality as human beings, and the reality of the unjust and oppressive situation in which they have been placed. The Old Testament, and in particular, Exodus can be perceived as an example of the divine deliverance when Yahweh, the God of Israel, brought them out of the land of Egypt.

Keywords: Old Testament; Christian Church; liberation theology; Exodus; Latin America

Chapter.  6826 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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