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Sitting Humbly At The Feet Of The Elders A Response To Eric Anum

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This chapter presents a letter written by Gerrit van Ek to Eric Anum in response to Eric's article Collaborative and Interactive Hermeneutics in Africa: Giving Dialogical Privilege in Biblical Interpretation". In his response, Gerrit makes a few interesting points on the hermeneutical theory of Habermas, because it aims at a 'dominance-free dialogue'. He wonders, whether instead of increasing the task of the scholarly reader, as Eric had suggested, it might not be better to advocate for an African Hermes, an African mediator, between scholarly and ordinary reader, who draws from her or his own well, making indigenous and traditional mechanisms of mediation relevant for hermeneutics. According to Gerrit, instead of accumulating tasks for the scholarly reader it would be interesting, &t;to go forward to 'bush school' and humbly sit at the feet of the elders&t;.

Keywords: dominance-free dialogue; Eric Anum; Gerrit van Ek; hermeneutics



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