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Land, power and justice in South Africa in dialogue with the biblical story of Naboth's vineyard.

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The land issue is one among the many challenges faced by South Africa. In this work I look at dispossession of land in the South African context, and reflect on the biblical account of Naboth's vineyard. Naboth was dispossessed of his vineyard through the abuse of power and the lack of justice. In like manner, people of colour in South Africa were dispossessed of their land by a very powerful minority. The legal system did not protect the weak and vulnerable - hence many injustices occurred. The aim of this dissertation is to remind ourselves of land dispossession through the abuse of power and the lack of justice. Through this reminder, I encourage and challenge the church of its responsibilities in the land discussion. The church has a biblical mandate to speak out prophetically and to become proactive in correcting the injustices of the past. Through the church responding in this manner, it will directly assist in poverty alleviation and will drive toward an improved quality of life for all human beings.


Thesis (M.Th.)-University of KwaZulu- Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2004.


Land tenure--South Africa., Land tenure--Religious aspects--Christianity., Land reform--South Africa., Land reform--Religious aspects--Christianity., Christianity and justice--South Africa., Bible. O.T. Kings, 1st, XXI--Criticism, interpretation, etc., Naboth (Biblical character), Theses--Theology.