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African biblical studies: Illusions, realities and challenges

David T. Adamo
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a1972 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.1972 | © 2016 David T. Adamo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 April 2015 | Published: 08 July 2016

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David T. Adamo, Department of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa


African Biblical Studies is a biblical interpretation for the purpose of transformation in Africa. It is the biblical interpretation that makes the ‘African social cultural context a subject of interpretation’. It is also the rereading of the Christian Scripture in a premeditatedly Africentric perspective. It means that biblical interpretation is done from the perspective of the African worldview. The purpose of this article is to discuss some illusions or misunderstandings, realities and challenges facing African biblical studies. Some of these illusions are that African Biblical Studies is fetish, syncretistic and primitive, local and not popular or universal. The basic distinctive realities and challenges facing African Biblical Studies are also critically discussed for the purpose of understanding what African Biblical Studies is and to make African Christianity more authentic in Africa.


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