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Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa

Papers from the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, October 1999

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Edited By Mary Getui, Knut Holter and Victor Zinkuratire

This book is a collection of papers read at the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, October 1999. Thirty biblical scholars and theologians – mainly from Eastern Africa, but some also from South Africa and Europe – came together to discuss what it means to interpret the Old Testament in Africa today. Their contributions fall in five parts: (i) a mapping of the social, historical, and academic context of Old Testament studies in Africa; (ii) exegetical studies of how Africa is portrayed by the Old Testament; (iii) examples of how the African socio-religious experience can serve as comparative material for interpretation of the Old Testament; (iv) examples of how Old Testament texts are experienced as relevant to contemporary African readers; and (v) various aspects of the efforts of translating the Old Testament in Africa today.

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Preface IX Mary Getui, Knut Holter, Victor Zinkuratire: Introduction Mapping the Context of Old Testament Studies in Africa 5 Jesse Mugambi: Africa and the Old Testament 7 Knut Holter: The Current State of Old Testament Scholarship m Africa: Where Are We at the Turn of the Century? 27 Finding Africa in the Old Testament 41 Marta Hoyland Lavik: The "African" Texts of the Old Testament and Their African Interpretations Tewoldemedhin Habtu: The Images of Egypt m the Old Testament: Reflections on African Hermeneutics David Tuesday Adamo: The Images of Cush m the Old Testament: Reflections on African Hermeneutics 43 55 65 VI Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa Using Africa to Interpret the Old Testament 75 Louis Jonker: Towards a "Communal" Approach for Reading the Bible m Africa 77 Aloo Osotsi Mojo/a: The Social Sciences and the Study of the Old Testament m Africa: Some Methodological Considerations 89 Hendrik Bosman: All Past and Present But Little Future? African and Old Testament Concepts of Time and History Sammy Githuku: Taboos on Counting Jonathan Gichaara: What's in a Name? African Versus Old Testament Nomen- clature Joseph Muutuki: Using the Kamba Culture to Interpret Old Testament Covenants Using the Old Testament to Interpret Africa Madipoane Masenya (ngwana' Mphahlele ): Wisdom and Wisdom Converge: Selected Old Testament and Northern Sotho Proverbs Constance Shisanya: A Reflection on the Hagar Narratives in Genesis Through the Eyes of a Kenyan Woman Bungishabaku Katho: Jeremiah 22: Implications for the Exercise of Political Power in Africa Pauline Otieno: Interpreting the...

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