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Bible reading in Africa: the shaping of a reformed perspective

B. Wielenga
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44, No 3/4 | a168 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i3/4.168 | © 2010 B. Wielenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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B. Wielenga, Gereformeerde Sending, Richmond (KZN), Pietermaritsburg, South Africa

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Abstract

In this article I try to develop a reformed perspective on Bible reading in Africa by ordinary readers. I explore the concept of ordinary readers in the context of recent hermeneutical discus-sions, and of the differences between their mode of reading and that of biblical scholars against the background ofthe reality of the oral or semi-literate cultures of Africa. A reformed perspec-tive, with its emphasis on the church as locus for Bible reading under the operation of the Holy Spirit, opens up a way forward out of the dilemma between ordinary and professional Bible reading. A reformed perspective can also clear the way for a gender-sensitive reading of the Bible in a continent where most Bible readers are women. This requires from those who read the Bible together an attitude of humility.

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Bible Readers Ordinary; Bible Readers Professional; Bible Reading Together Ecclesiology; Bible Reading Together Gender Sensitive; Bible Reading Together Pneumatology; Bible Reading Together Spirituality

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