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“Go out and gather each day ...”: implications of the ethics of Exodus 16 for modern consumerism

J.M. Vorster
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 76, No 1 | a12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v76i1.12 | © 2011 J.M. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 June 2011 | Published: 21 June 2011

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J.M. Vorster, School of Ecclesiatical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, POTCHEFSTROOM

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This article focuses on the implied ethical principles of the history of the manna in Exodus 16 and the relevance of these ethical principles for the contemporary culture of consumerism. The principles that can be derived from this history are the principle of labour and rest, of sharing, the ethical principles of responsible consumption, the protection of creation and of remembrance of God’s concern for humankind and creation. Modern consumerism with its underlying neo-liberal economic philosophy appears to violate these principles in many ways. The implied ethical principles of the manna history is thus highly relevant in the ethical discourse about economic planning,labour and rest, the environment and God’s involvement in the modern world.


Consumerism; Eco-Ethics; Labour; Manna


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