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Interpreting the New Testament in Africa: Bernard Lategan on the Threshold of Diverse Theological Discourses

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To substantiate the dire need for accountable, intelligible and credible New Testament (NT) interpretation at the moment, this chapter briefly refers to two stories from Africa during the past two decades, one from a so-called "postmodern" and the other from a "postcolonial" perspective. Both analyse, evaluate, confront and subvert one-sided, destructive interpretations of human dignity and freedom. The first story deals with observations regarding a secular society and postmodern thinking as experienced in South Africa at the moment. These trends have potentially constructive yet dangerous consequences for community life in churches and societies. The second story presents postcolonial perspectives from within the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. This "tale of two stories" is related to the life work of South African NT scholar Bernard C. Lategan, who over almost four decades pioneered and nuanced discourses on contextual hermeneutics in Africa and beyond.

Keywords: Africa; Bernard C. Lategan; human dignity; New Testament (NT); women theologians



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