Edited By Vahan Hovhanessian
The Use of the Old Testament in the Syrian Christian Traditions of India (Rajkumar Boaz Johnson) 91
• R A J K U M A R B O A Z J O H N S O N • The Use of the Old Testament in the Syrian Christian Traditions of India hree philosophical frameworks have impacted biblical interpretation in India, according to students of Indian Christian Theology. First, there was the colonial framework, espoused by those theologians who were trained in western methodology. Second, there was the Brahamanical framework, which was espoused by a powerful group of theologians who came from the dominant priestly caste of Hindu society. In more recent times Dalit interpretations of the Bible seek to interpret the Bible from a Marxist framework. This paper will seek to examine a neglected field of Indian Christian The- ology, Biblical Theology, and specifically Old Testament Theology in the St. Thomas Knanaya Christian traditions of India. The paper will show that Western, Brahamanical and Marxist frameworks do more harm than good to the Bible in the Indian context. A study of the use of the Old Testament in the St. Thomas Christian traditions of India, on the other hand, provides val- uable lessons for the use of the Bible in India, as well as, biblical theology in the context of pluralism in the West today. A Skeletal Overview of Indian Christian Theologies: A Quest for a Framework to Do Theology in an Indian Context Indian Christian Theologies have taken five forms: 1. Jnana theologies and theological hermeneutics: Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya attempted to express his Christian theology within the framework of...
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