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Collaborative And Interactive Hermeneutics In Africa: Giving Dialogical Privilege In Biblical Interpretation

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The hermeneutical theory of Habermas addresses the issues with respect to ordinary readers reading in conjunction with scholarly readers. This chapter investigates Habermas' conception of the resources in the socio-cultural context and their adequacy and role in the formulation of hermeneutical models. It reflects on the usage of the resources in the socio-cultural contexts and what could be judged as a more effective usage and a less effective usage. The chapter evaluates what difference depth hermeneutics and a theory of competent communication makes in the formulation of hermeneutical models. It attempts to reformulate Habermas' critical self-aware hermeneutics based on depth hermeneutics and the theory of competent communication, making use of other hermeneutical theories that are collaborative in nature. To ensure the type of collaborative or interactive hermeneutics, a few things have to be put in place. One of them is the agenda and expectations of the collaborating readers.

Keywords: biblical interpretation; collaborative hermeneutics; Habermas' hermeneutical theory; interactive hermeneutics



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