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To Whom Belongs the Land?

Leviticus 25 in an African Liberationist Reading


Ndikho Mtshiselwa

The main question of this book, which focuses on the role of the Old Testament in the South African context, is: If reread from an African liberationist perspective in the context of land redistribution and socio-economic justice in South Africa, could the Israelite Jubilee legislation in Leviticus 25:8–55 offer liberating and empowering possibilities for the poor in South Africa? The exegesis of Leviticus 25:8–55 in which the historical-critical method is employed lays the foundation for the contextualisation of the issues arising from the exegesis. Furthermore, within the African liberationist framework, the South African context serves as a lens to interpret Leviticus 25:8–55. The striking parallels between the contexts from which the text of Leviticus 25:8–55 emerged and the context of the modern reader of the Bible in South Africa are shown. In the end, it is argued that when re-read from an African liberationist perspective and in the context of the land redistribution and socio-economic justice discourse, Leviticus 25:8–55 can contribute positively to the redress of inequality and consequently to poverty alleviation in South Africa.

List of Tables – Acknowledgements – List of Abbreviations – Introduction – A Critique of Socio-Economic Injustice and Land Ownership in South Africa – Land and Socio-Economic Policy: Analysis of the Israelite Jubilee Legislation In Leviticus 25:8–55 – An African Liberationist Reading of Leviticus 25:8–55 – Conclusion – Index of Authors – Index of Subjects.