Ecodomy: Life in its fullness

Volume editor
Dirk J Human


This book provides a coherent and conceptual portrayal of aspects of the theological research theme, entitled Ecodomy (literally meaning to ‘build a house’). In its figurative meaning, the term ‘ecodomy’ addresses the theme ‘life in its fullness’. This fullness of life entails a polarity which is inherently part of life, namely its brokenness and its wholeness. From various theological disciplines, including Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, systematic theology, church history and practical theology, both brokenness and wholeness are addressed theologically.

Every chapter of this book focuses on a specific theological discipline, while the combination of theological disciplines addresses the brokenness and wholeness of life as coherent concepts. One pole does not exclude the other. Brokenness is visible in current or recent and relevant societal challenges, such as racism and xenophobia, apartheid, foreignness and exclusivism, leadership crises and violence. In contrast, wholeness is embedded in themes such as the African concept of ubuntu, a life of faith and wisdom, reconciling leadership, or transforming space and community.

In general, the contributions in this book follow a combination of a literature study with the further application of diachronic and synchronic exegetical methods. In its exposed interdisciplinary interwovenness, the book provides a tapestry of how different theological disciplines are combined into a single theme and how they contribute together through theological analyses and attempted building blocks to build the broken ‘houses’ of societal structures or human life. The book contributes to selected aspects of broken life in society and the healing experiences of human life. Several themes touch on recent and relevant challenges that have contributed to life’s brokenness in South Africa and globally.


  • Chapter 1
    Racism and xenophobia: The role of the Church in South Africa
    Jerry Pillay
  • Chapter 2
    Bonhoeffer and costly reconciliation in South Africa – through the lens of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    PGJ Meiring
  • Chapter 3
    Ecodomy: Taking risks and overstepping boundaries in the Book of Ruth
    Gerda de Villiers
  • Chapter 4
    Prophetic dialogue: The quest for religious leaders seeking reconciliation
    Christo Thesnaar
  • Chapter 5
    Voicing God: Theological Injunction to economic issues
    Zorodzai Dube
  • Chapter 6
    A postfoundational ubuntu accepts the unwelcomed (by way of ‘process’ transversality)
    Wayne G Smith
  • Chapter 7
    A contribution from Proverbs and Daniel to reflection on Ecodomy
    Pieter M Venter
  • Chapter 8
    Versoening en die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: Die Algemene Sinode van 1994 as baken vir ’n lewe van volheid
    Johan M van der Merwe
  • Chapter 9
    Let us play: (un)shackling liaisons, (un)masking games and (un)hindered dialogue in the arena where theology takes place
    Tanya van Wyk
  • Chapter 10
    Life in its unfullness: Revisiting ἀναίδειαν (Lk 11:8) in the light of papyrological evidence
    Ernest van Eck, John Robert van Niekerk


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