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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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List of Contributors David Tuesday Adamo Dept of Religious Studies Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria Margaret Aringo Tangaza College P.O. Box 15055, Nairobi, Kenya Hendrik Bosman Dept of Old and New Testament University of Stellenbosch Private Bag X I Matieland 7602, South Africa Mary Getui Dept of Religious Studies Kenyatta University P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya Jonathan Gichaara Dept of Religious Studies Kenyatta University P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya Sammy Githuku St Paul's United Theological College, Private Bag Limuru, Kenya Tewoldemedhin Habtu Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology P.O. Box 24686, Nairobi, Kenya Knut Holter School of Mission and Theology Misjonsvegen 34 N-4024 Stavanger, Norway Louis Jonker Dept of Old and New Testament University of Stellenbosch Private Bag XI Matieland 7602, South Africa Leonidas Kalugila United Bible Societies P.O. Box 21360, Nairobi, Kenya Bungishabaku Katho Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology P.O. Box 24686, Nairobi, Kenya Serapio Kabazzi Kisirinya Dept of Religious Studies Makerere University P.O. Box 7062 Kampala, Uganda 246 Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa Marta H0yland Lavik School of Mission and Theology Misjonsvegen 34 N-4024 Stavanger, Norway Madipoane Masenya University of South Africa P.O. Box 2805 0700 Pietersburg, South Africa Aloo Osotsi Mojola Bible Society of Tanzania P.O. Box 175 Dodoma, Tanzania Jesse N.K. Mugambi Dept of Religious Studies P.O. Box 30197, Nairobi, Kenya Joseph Muutuki Bible & Religious Studies Dept Daystar University P.O. Box 44400, Nairobi, Kenya Philomena Mwaura Dept of Religious Studies Kenyatta University P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya Pauline Otieno Dept of Religious Studies Kenyatta...

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