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Confrontation With The African ‘Other’ A Response To Kune Biezeveld

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This chapter presents a letter written by Jurie Le Roux to Kune Biezeveld. Jurie differs from Kune on the subject of Africa's ill, poor and deprived, and illustrates this by referring to two points: the tyranny of the poor, and the significance of the Western intellectual tradition and historical criticism. Feminist theology first affirmed (took seriously) the existing paradigm and then rejected, re-interpreted, and re-used it in order to create a new way of reading and understanding the biblical text. This seems to Jurie, to be the ideal. Many a confrontation with the African 'other' is, however, from the outset derailed because of an outright animosity towards everything Western or scholarly. Jurie ends by stating that this dialogue will not come easily because Africa has a tendency to reject things (such as Old Testament scholarship) which they never possessed in the first place.

Keywords: African 'other'; feminist theology; historical criticism; Jurie Le Roux; Kune Biezeveld; tyranny of the poor; Western intellectual tradition



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