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Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology, Vol.1 No.1 May 2007. -

The premise of this work is the distinction between the concepts of -power- and

-authority.- The author attempts to indicate the often unjustifiably synonymous

use of these concepts, whether in Bible translation or in colloquial speech

and the way in which they are wrongly used as alternatives. The concept of

power belongs to institutions and organisations, while the concept of authority

has its origin in commission, calling and supernatural equipping.

In the second part of this article the author considers some historical and theological

connections between -power- and -authority- in relation to church

power and scriptural authority, while aware that these concepts, though not

synonymous, need not be mutually exclusive. Some of the many dangers,

temptations and attractions of -power-, with which the historical Church has

been constantly confronted, are pointed out.

In the third part, the author focuses on particular biblical texts, to show where

and how the concept of the authority of the Holy Scripture is found and upon

what it is based. In this part, he refers in brief to textual history and the authority

of Scriptures as seen both from the perspective of a systematic theologian

and from biblical theology and literary contexts.

In conclusion, the author points to three possible -safety valves- by which the

danger of being tempted by power might be shown and avoided, thus fulfilling

the calling and commission of the Church to be salt and light and a community

of hope.

Autor: Danijel Berković - ; Bible Institute, Zagreb, Croatia



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