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This introduction provides an overview of the concepts discussed in this book Proverbs and the African Tree of Life. This book uses the agricultural art of grafting as a metaphor to discuss selected proverbs from the Book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible and some Eʋe folk proverbs from the Ghanaian cultural context. The notion of a 'hermeneutic of grafting' depends on, and grows out of other efforts to articulate an adequate hermeneutic for the understanding of the Bible by African peoples. The use of the imagery of trees in this book is very appropriate due to the prevalence and importance of trees in the biblical texts, the ancient Near Eastern cultural milieu, the Ghanaian Eʋe and other African contexts. In African/Eʋe Traditional Religions (A/ETRs) human life is seen as cyclical with no beginning or ending. They are important for understanding and appropriating Christianity and the Bible in African Eʋe contexts.

Keywords: A/ETR; African Eʋe; Book of Proverbs; Ghanaian Eʋe; Hebrew Bible



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