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Yahweh in Africa

Essays on Africa and the Old Testament


Knut Holter

The twentieth century made the Old Testament an African book. As the ancient texts have been translated into numerous languages and cultures throughout the continent, grass-root readers have found them to reflect their own experience of life, and the growing number of African Old Testament scholars have made various studies where the texts are read in the light of the African religio- and socio-cultural tradition. The present essay collection presents and analyses different aspects of the Old Testament readings in Africa. In particular, their socio-intellectual context is emphasized, and it is argued that Western Old Testament scholarship would benefit from acquainting itself with African readings of the Old Testament.