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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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Index of Subjects A Abagusii: 148 Abaluhya: 148-149 Abraham: 7-8, 149-150 African Instituted Churches: 14, 92, 148, 165-169 African presence in the Old Testament: 2, 29, 43-53, 55- 64,65-74 African theology: 3, 7-26, 91, II 0, 181-188 Africanisation: 35, 66 Akamba: I 04, 148, 172 Alexandria: 8 Anglophone Africa: 33 Antioch: 9 Arabia: 68 Aristotle: 20 Assyria: 58, 65-66, 68, I 05-106 asylum: 8-9, 59-62 8 Babylonia: 105-106 Bantu languages: 3,217-226 Bemba: 218-226 Benin: 47, 48 Bible societies: 195-203 biblical theology movement: 108 bibliography: 28 c Cameroon: 47 Carthage: 8 Chalcedon: 8 children: 135-137, 139-140, 147- 151 Christianity: 9 communality: 77-88 communication: 80 comparison, religio-cultural: 7-8, 29, 81, 125-129 comparison, socio-cultural: 7-8, 29, 81, 119-123, 133-146 conference: 1-3, 7, 18 context, contemporary: 2, 15-17, 29, 33,81-82, 171-174 context, institutional: 30-32, 32-33 context, traditional: 2, 15-17, 29, 113-118, 119-123, 141-151 contextualisation: I, 33-34, 78-79, 125-129, 134-135 Coptic Orthodox Church of Kenya: 2, 159-163 counting: 2, 113-1 I 7 covenant: 2, 125-129, 189-192 creation: 3, 135-137, 175-180 234 Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa Cush:2,29,43-53,65-74 D de-Africanisation: 2, 10, 55, 65-74 diachronic: 80-83 E Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians: 18 economic resources: 35 Edom: 58 education: 137-139 Egypt:2,8, 13-14,29,43-53,55- 64,65-66 Ethiopia: 8-9,43-53, 59, 70, 97, 205 Eurocentrism: 2, 65-74, 90, 93, 101 exegesis: 29 Exodus: 8-9 Ezra: 17-23 F family: 140-144 feminist hermeneutics: 14 7-151 Francophone Africa: 33 funding: 35 G Ganda: 189-192 Geez: 205 genealogies: l...

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