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Interpreting the isio Dei in Matthew 5:8

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Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria
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The academic study of the biblical text often depends on the naïve assumption that a researcher can obtain stable knowledge of the single meaning of a text. This article investigated how the visio Dei in Matthew 5:8 has led to a variety of concepts through the centuries. This proves how different readers come to different readings. Interpreters should be aware of how their contexts impact on their understanding of meaning, but should also realise how taking cognisance of the wide variety of readings could enrich their own interpretation.HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 68(1), 2012

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