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Isaac A. Motaung: Conversion And Biblical Appropriation In Sesotho

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The bible has undeniably asserted its place as a significant actor within African Christianity. Consequently, this chapter seeks to test the extent of this role of the bible as represented in the writings of one Mosotho convert to Christianity, Isaac A. Motaung. It explores the ways whereby his views on conversion are informed by the biblical text as well as how he in turn employs the biblical text in order to bolster or to dispel various convictions. Motaung's writings appeared in the Sesotho mission newspaper called Leselinyana la Lesotho from the 1880s onward. The chapter tackles questions associated with reconnaissance of the past, and explicates the author's struggles in relation to the South African 'redress discourse'. Then, Motaung's writings are reviewed vis-à-vis conversion, notwithstanding the nineteenth century southern African missions' context. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the exercise of biblical appropriation in the present historical moment.

Keywords: biblical appropriation; Isaac A. Motaung; Leselinyana la Lesotho; Mosotho convert



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