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African And European Relations At The Well: Intercultural Reading Of The Bible Through Visual Art

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Works of art in the process of understanding a bible text are not to be regarded as illustrations. However simple, they convey an interpretation of the text that is for the most part, culturally influenced. Although pictures in this case do not provide a one-to-one image of the bible text, they nevertheless offer a distinct interpretation and a commentary. An example of a one-hour bible study course, using visual art as a commentary for reading a bible text is given in this chapter. The author uses the text of John 4 concerning the story of Jesus and the woman at Jacob's well. This text is used by bible study groups across the world as an intercultural project of reading the bible. Whereas European art is often to be seen in museums, African art mostly possesses a ritualistic, rather than aesthetic function.

Keywords: African relations; bible text; European relations; intercultural reading; Jacob's well; visual art



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