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Being “Apart” And “Together” At The Same Time? A Response To Hans De Wit

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This chapter presents a response by Makhosazana K. Nzimande to Hans de Wit on Hans's utilization of the vehicle of metaphor of a happy hermeneutical marriage ending in divorce in the context of discussion of &t;exegesis" and contextualisation&t;. While Makhosazana notes with empathy of Hans's description of the bijbel vermoeidheid in the Netherlands, a situation dramatically different to readings of the bible in sub-Saharan Africa in particular, she remains sceptical and highly suspicious of the various so-called pitfalls" that Hans hopes can be avoided in our engagement with biblical texts both in the European and African contexts. Makhosazana does not see any positive factor in Hans's option of living apart together" (LAT). According to her, either we are apart" or together"; she does not see us being apart" and together" at the same time.

Keywords: contextualisation; exegesis; Hans de Wit; living apart together (LAT); Makhosazana K. Nzimande



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