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Biblical Models of Dialogue and Reconciliation a New Testament Perspective

Mario Cifrak ; Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The author begins with the verb διαλέγομαι in the New Testament and shows its instances in gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and epistles, that is in the homily (Heb). In the Gospel of Mark dialogue is led by the Twelve and Jesus knows what they were talking about (cf. Mk 9:34). The Acts of the Apostles entrusts dialogue to Paul as the apostle of Jews and Pagans, when it comes to the kerygma, while with Christians he speaks about the service to the word (cf. Acts 17:2.17; 18:4.19; 19:8.9; 20:7.9; 24:12.25). The author of the so‑called Epistle to Hebrews leads dialogue with the Old Testament as the Scripture of Christians (cf. Heb 12:5). Hence, the Scripture (LXX) is the central basis of theological reflection for the author. In it he finds God´s instruction that surpasses time, promises that are foretelling the Son, an overview of salvation, and a warning to those who are trying to avoid God´s word. The Epistle of Jude uses the apocryphal tradition, which is a part of Jewish, and therefore Judeo‑ Christian, tradition (cf. Jud v. 9). The goal of dialogue is peaceful life in the Christian community (cf. Mk 9:50; Heb 12:11; Jud 2) that might then be presented as such to the Roman Empire (cf. Acts 24:2).


dialogue; reconciliation; Gospel; Acts of Apostles; epistles

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