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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 This book is a collection of papers read at the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament, which took place in Karen, outside Nairobi, in October 1999. As organisers of the symposium and editors of this book we would like to express our gratitude to those institutions and people that made it all possible. First, to our own institutions-Kenyatta University (Nairobi), the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi), and the School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger)--for moral and economic support. Then, to the Norwegian Research Council (Oslo), for a generous grant to cover the involved expences. Also, to the Dimesse Sisters in Karen, for their patience and hospitality during our days in their convent and conference centre. We want to thank Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. (New York) for permission to publish the work simultaneously in the USA and Kenya. We also want to thank Professor Jesse Mugambi and Acton Publishers (Nairobi) for accepting the book for publication in the series "Biblical Studies in African Scholarship". Nairobi and Stavanger, June 2000 Mary Getui, Knut Holter, Victor Zinkuratire This page intentionally left blank

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