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Reading The Bible Amidst The Hiv And Aids Pandemic In Botswana

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This chapter is an attempt to explain with illustrations, the importance of reading biblical stories, especially those of suffering and pain that culminate in healing and restoration, and to reflect upon them in the light of HIV and AIDS. The country of Botswana serves as the primary context of the author's reading and interpretation. The aim is to point out that biblical stories can and do speak to us in our contexts as long as we approach them with open minds and hearts that are willing to learn afresh from scripture. The author uses social location as an important contextual tool of analysis in that it allows texts to be read and interpreted inter-personally (according to the reader/interpreter's own context), thereby allowing the 'actualisation' or contextualisation of biblical materials, enabling them to inform the concrete situations in which people find themselves.

Keywords: actualisation; AIDS; biblical stories; Botswana; contextualisation; HIV; social location



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