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Title: Justice and righteousness in the prophecy of Amos and their relevance to issues of contemporary social justice in the church in Ghana
Author: Amissah, Patrick
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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The study identifies social justice themes in the prophecy of Amos and investigates how these themes fit into social justice in the wider Biblical context and the context of the ancient Near Eastern societies. Following from this, the research examines how the principles in Amos' call for 'justice and righteousness' can be applied to issues of contemporary social justice in the Ghanaian Church. The question guiding the research is: To what extent are the social justice values in Amos and the Hebrew Bible in general relevant to the promotion of social justice by the church in Ghana? In searching for the answer, the study investigates: the relationship between justice and righteousness (social justice principles) in Amos and those elsewhere in biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts; contemporary views on social justice and the relevance of social justice in the prophecy of Amos to the Ghanaian church in its quest to promote social justice. The main method of the study is active transpositional hermeneutics which helps to interpret the social actions of the church in Ghana in the light of the social justice principle in Amos and the Hebrew Bible. It also employs literary and comparative analysis of the biblical and the ancient Near Eastern text. The study analysis the selected social justice themes in Amos and how the Ghanaian translations of the Bible present them. Empirical data from policy documents of ecumenical Christian bodies in Ghana and also from interviews with key figures in selected churches is analysed in the light of the principle of social justice in Amos to ascertain how the church in Ghana is achieving its quest to eliminate social injustice. The study aims to find out whether or not the social action programmes of the church in Ghana are motivated by the biblical principles of justice and righteousness and that the execution of these social action programmes are beneficial to the poor, needy and vulnerable members of the Ghanaian society.
Supervisor: Sedmak, Clemens ; Jacobs, Sandra ; Joyce, Paul Michael Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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