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The Hermeneutics of an African-Igbo Theology

Peter Chidi Okuma

One of the great problems among most theologians and theologies today is to restrict and to think of theology only in terms of mere intellectual enquiry without any fundamentum in rei in the lives of peoples. The book is aimed at overcoming this gap. It establishes this reality through the story of all stories, i.e. the Resurrection of Christ, as the foundation of and the hermeneutics for doing theology in concrete qua tale, especially as it affects the African-Igbo.
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Chapter One: The Narrative Behind the Hermeneutics


Chapter One:  The Narrative Behind the Hermeneutics

From the period of the Old Testament into the situation of the early Christians in the New Testament, the lives of peoples have always responded to their faith and belief.

This fact inaugurated in the Old Testament is in alliance with the New Testament. Kwesi A. Dickson gives credence to this when he writes that “the Old Testament has considerable religious value in itself, and on the other, it is inextricably bound up with the New Testament. Hence the Old Testament is brought under the close scrutiny of the New Testament. The implications of this for our topic are clear: the continuity between the Old Testament and African life and thought should be exposed to the cross event, which for Christians is judgment on whatever insight might be gained by looking at the Old Testament and African life and thought together. And the radical nature of the Cross-event spells discontinuity. Yet in this Cross-event Christ’s involvement with society is clearly seen; for the nature of the Cross serves to underline the extent to which God would go to identify himself with humankind in the totality of human circumstances.”16

Thus in the personality of Jesus Christ17 we see a constant call for faith answering to concrete action – “Give them something to eat!” “Go sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, and then come, ← 19 | 20 → follow me”(Lk18, 22).18 This was also...

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