Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa: Papers from the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, October 1999

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Mary N. Getui, Knut Holter, Victor Zinkuratire
P. Lang, 2001 - Religion - 246 pages
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This book is a collection of papers read at the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, October 1999. Thirty biblical scholars and theologians - mainly from Eastern Africa, but some also from South Africa and Europe - came together to discuss what it means to interpret the Old Testament in Africa today. Their contributions fall in five parts: (i) a mapping of the social, historical, and academic context of Old Testament studies in Africa; (ii) exegetical studies of how Africa is portrayed by the Old Testament; (iii) examples of how the African socio-religious experience can serve as comparative material for interpretation of the Old Testament; (iv) examples of how Old Testament texts are experienced as relevant to contemporary African readers; and (v) various aspects of the efforts of translating the Old Testament in Africa today.

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About the author (2001)

The Editors: The three editors of the book - who were also organizers of the symposium - come from different theological and scholarly traditions, but all three have for several years been engaged in research and networking within African theology and biblical scholarship. Mary Getui earned her Ph.D. from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya (1994), where she now works as Senior Lecturer. Knut Holter earned his Th.D. from the University of Oslo, Norway (1993), and is now Associate Professor at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway. Victor Zinkuratire earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (1987), and is now Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

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