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Bibil Identifier bibil:230294
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Contextualising biblical exegesis
Title (English, ) What is the African biblical hermeneutic approach?
Author Nyiawung, Mbengu D.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 69, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 9 pages
Abstract This article responded to the question about the right methodology needed for the reconstruction of a viable African Christian theology. It equally contributed an answer to earlier concerns by Appiah-Kubi, Stinton and Nyiawung, who had grappled with an African response to the question of Jesus’ identity: ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Lk 9:20). It also attended to Aben’s remark that Africans contribute minimally to biblical theology especially in the domain of biblical exegesis. Finally, it proposed an African biblical hermeneutic approach, a shift of paradigm from the text, its author as well as its context to the context of the subject of exegesis as a contextual approach of biblical criticism. Three main conclusions emerged from the article, namely, (1) the African context contains enormous potentials that can enhance the understanding and interpretation of biblical texts; (2) from the perspective of biblical interpretation, there is no superior context or culture; and (3) the African biblical hermeneutic approach is a possible route to the development of an authentic African Christian theology.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v69i1.2011
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible Translation : Modern Translations : African Languages
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons
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