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Poverty in the Book of Proverbs

An African Transformational Hermeneutic of Proverbs on Poverty


Lechion Peter Kimilike

Western interpretations of poverty proverbs in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs have tended to see a status quo acceptance in the ancient texts, thus neglecting existential challenges of the poverty issue. In contrast, Lechion Peter Kimilike argues that African proverbial material on poverty may – when used comparatively to interpret the corresponding Old Testament poverty proverbs – create a more dynamic analysis. The author’s new and thought-provoking interpretation suggests «an African transformational hermeneutic» that balances between the questions and methodology of the «global [i.e., western] guild» and the concerns of the African interpretative context.