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Hermeneutics, Contexts, Identity: a Critical Discussion of the Bible in Africa

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This article provides a critical discussion of some aspects in The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories, and Trends (West & Dube 2000). The book gives its intended Western reader the opportunity to see (an etic view) how others perceive the Western cultural context. The discussion focuses on the following aspects: (a) The role and possibilities of critical scholarship; (b) The possibility to find a common (for those living in the West and inAfrica) reading context in the light of Cancun and the new 'Empire (c) A model for deconstructing colonial Bible interpretation over against (d) a model of connectivity between the Bible and Africa in terms of resonance and continuity; (e) The essential role missionaries played in Bible translations; and (f) a reflection on some hermeneutical considerations in reading the Bible in Africa.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Old Testament University of South Africa P O Box 392, Pretoria, 0003 Republic of South Africa


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