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Is There More Truth In This Picture? A Response To Gerald West

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This chapter presents a letter written by Klaas Spronk to Gerald West. Using the distinction of life interests and interpretative interests, Gerald maintains that Western exegetes are primarily concerned with the latter, whereas their African colleagues are only satisfied with exegetical work when both interests are served. Klass says, related to this is that African exegetes are more open to observing that they interpret the bible out of and for their own context. Klass admits that these are sweeping statements that can be modified in different situations, both in African and Western biblical scholarship in their manifold representations, but according to him it does not alter the fact that Gerald let Klass look in a mirror who did not like what he saw. Klass poses a question: Is this because it is a distorting mirror or is there more truth in this picture than he is happy to admit?.

Keywords: African biblical scholarship; Gerald West; Klaas Spronk; Western biblical scholarship



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