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Introducing the Old Testament$
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R. J. Coggins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.001.0001

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The Old Testament as Liberation?

The Old Testament as Liberation?

(p.98) 7 The Old Testament as Liberation?
Introducing the Old Testament

P. R. Ackroyd

G. N. Stanton

Oxford University Press

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

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