Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion

Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion

Author: Helen C. John

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004399310

Category: Religion

Page: 274

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In Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion, Helen C. John juxtaposes grassroots biblical interpretations from Owamboland, Namibia, with professional interpretations of selected New Testament texts, effectively demonstrating the capacity of grassroots interpretations to destabilise, challenge and nuance dominant professional interpretations.

Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion

Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion

Author: Helen C. John

Publisher: Biblical Interpretation

ISBN: 9004399305

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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In Biblical Interpretation and African Traditional Religion, Helen C. John juxtaposes grassroots biblical interpretations from Owamboland, Namibia, with professional interpretations of selected New Testament texts, effectively demonstrating the capacity of grassroots interpretations to destabilise, challenge and nuance dominant professional interpretations. John uses a cross-cultural and dialogical approach - 'Cross-Cultural Biblical Interpretation Groups' - to explore the relationship between African Traditional Religion (ATR), Christianity and biblical interpretation in Owamboland, Namibia. She contextualises the grassroots Owambo interpretations using fieldwork experiences and ethnographic literature, thus heightening the cross-cultural encounter. In particular, John reflects on Western epistemologies and the Eurocentric interpretative trends that are brought into relief by the African interpretations gathered in Owamboland.

African Theology/Ies: a Contemporary Mosaical Approach

African Theology/Ies: a Contemporary Mosaical Approach

Author: Dorothy Bea Akoto-Abutiate

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781491837856

Category: Education

Page: 191

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This book describes African Theology/ies and the Bible as a "contemporary mosaic." The book is shaped in the form of a "mosaic" with three patterns. One pattern deals with the Bible and Culture. The second deals with Hermeneutics (interpretations of various biblical texts) as they relate to African cultural contexts and the third part deals with general issues of Gender Missiology and practical Christianity. Some of the themes treated in the book are reading and hearing scripture as a "hermeneutic of grafting", marriage in the Bible, HIV/AIDS care and intervention, Gender challenges and many more. This book is very easy to read and throws light on some aspects of African cultural and theological practices that may even have universal application. Seminaries, Theological/Divinity Schools will find this book very educative and resourceful. People who want to know more about the worldviews expressed in African Theology/ies will appreciate this Book.

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

Author: Ezra Chitando

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317184201

Category: Religion

Page: 302

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The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.

The Bible and African Culture

The Bible and African Culture

Author: Humphrey Waweru

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789966150639

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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How can African theology survive the self-repetition of mere cultural apologia or contextualization-stereotypes, and mature into a critical theoretical discipline responding to the challenges of the postmodern world-order? Dr. Humphrey M. Wawe contributes here a sound theological reflection using the hitherto unused methodological paradigm of mapping the inroads in the 'transaction' between the Bible and African culture.

Biblical Studies, Theology, Religion and Philosophy

Biblical Studies, Theology, Religion and Philosophy

Author: N. Amanze

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789966040251

Category: Religion

Page: 614

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This book introduces the study of Biblical studies, theology, religion and philosophy from an African perspective. The book comprises twenty six chapters divided into four sections. The first section deals with Biblical studies, the second with theology, the third with religion and the fourth with philosophy. The contributions are from 20 eminent scholars from African and Caribbean universities.

Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview

Christianity and African Traditional Religion and Worldview

Author: Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1096308487

Category:

Page: 589

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Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Otakada.org PublishingChristianity and African Traditional Religion and WorldviewA Theological Method ofEngagement and Interaction with Religions and WorldviewsRevised and Expanded Edition 2019Yusufu TurakiThere are many books that have addressed the subject of this book: "How should Christianity approach the study of the African traditional religions". Christian scholars with different Christian traditions and backgrounds have propounded many methods. This book is the latest addition to this on-going debate.The book develops a method of approaching the African traditional religions from an integral Biblical perspective. It stresses the primacy Of the Bible and Biblical revelation as legitimate basis of defining African traditional religions, cultures and worldview. The book argues very strongly that African religion, cultures and worldviews have to be subjected to Biblical authority, definition and teachings, Christianity as a religious system with its sets of beliefs, practices and religious life does not meet an empty traditional African mind, but one, which is already preoccupied with the African traditional religious thought. It is this preoccupied traditional religious and cultural mind which receives, understands, interprets and applies Christianity in Africa. This traditional religious thought is neither dormant nor docile, but has the power of perception, conception, understanding, interpretation and application. When it receives Christianity, it has the capacity and the ability to re-cast and transform it into its own categories of thought and mentalities. Thus, the profound and dominant influence of this traditional religious thought on African Christians must be recognized and taken very seriously.The nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted In the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs for doing a Biblical and Christian theology in Africa are highlighted. The spiritual phenomenon of the traditional religions is well established. Furthermore, the nature and the theological basis of the traditional beliefs in the mystical, mysterious and unseen powers and forces are also examined. The power phenomenon of the traditional religions is also well established.The centrality ot man in the traditional religious worldview is also well established and this is addressed from the Biblical and Christian teachings on man. The relevance of the traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined in the light of the Biblical teachings and Christian theology. The primary objective is to understand the inner logic and workings of the traditional religious thought and its religious beliefs and practices. Religious concepts, perceptions, meanings, realities, behaviour and practices that are derived from this traditional religious system are presented and defined in the light of the Bible and Christian theology.

Readings in African Traditional Religion

Readings in African Traditional Religion

Author: Emele Mba Uka

Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Company Ag

ISBN: STANFORD:36105043286033

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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This book consists of classic articles on African Traditional Religion by eminent scholars in the field. It has six sections. The first one deals with definitions and how the African perceives his world; the second looks at ATR in terms of its academic, historical, western and methodological perspectives. The third examines some vital elements of the theology, spirituality, ethics and salvific value of ATR. Section four reviews the impact of ATR in its environment as it bears on family life, nation building, education and health. Section five examines the encounter of ATR with world missionary religions like Christianity and Islam. The final section, which ends with a selected bibliography on the subject considers the future and the way forward for ATR. The book is designed as a resource and reference material for anyone interested in the field of Religion. It will also appeal to both scholars and students in the field of Religious studies, Sociology of Religion, Comparative study of Religions and -Mission- studies."

Reading Romans at Ground Level

Reading Romans at Ground Level

Author: Jonathan D. Groves

Publisher: Langham Global Library

ISBN: 9781783689200

Category: Religion

Page: 127

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Many pastors in the provincial towns and rural villages of Malawi struggle to find practical relevance in the letter to the Romans. While the majority of church leaders have received little or no formal Bible and ministry training, they often face formidable challenges from African traditional practices, folk Islam, poverty and poor education – creating barriers to authentic Christian discipleship. Reading Romans at Ground Level uses field research to characterize pastoral ministry in provincial-rural Malawi. By examining current preaching practice, it shows that Malawian pastors mostly use individual verses from Paul’s letter within inductive needs-driven sermons or gospel calls for conversion. In this book, a three-horizon contextual approach is used to investigate how the letter might be applied biblically to address contemporary African socio-cultural and pastoral issues. It demonstrates surprisingly rich parallels between the way Romans might have been heard by its original recipients in the slums of Ancient Rome, and its potential meaning for Christians living in poverty in rural Africa today.

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Author: Philip C. Stine

Publisher: Amer Bible Society

ISBN: IND:30000045719949

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Essays on the problems and solutions in translations of terms having to do with spiritual powers and forces such as "God", "Holy Spirit", "evil spirits", and "devil".