African Hermeneutics

African Hermeneutics

by Elizabeth Mburu

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Overview

Interpretation of Scripture occurs within one’s worldview and culture, which enhances our understanding and ability to apply Scripture in the world. However, few books address Bible interpretation from an African perspective and no other textbook uses the intercultural approach found here. This book brings both an awareness of how one’s African context gives a lens to hermeneutics, but also how to interpret texts with integrity despite our cultural influences. African Hermeneutics was born of Prof Elizabeth Mburu’s frustration at only having textbooks that predominantly followed a Western worldview to teach her African students. Mburu’s approach to hermeneutics is one that begins in Africa, moving from the known to the unknown as students learn to apply her ‘four-legged stool model’ to biblical texts, namely examining: the parallels to African contexts, the theological context, the literary context, and the historical and cultural context. This textbook will help students and pastors interpret Scripture with greater accuracy in their own context, allowing for faithful application in their local contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783685387
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Mburu was the first woman to gain a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Carolina, USA. She is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at International Leadership University, Africa International University and Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Mburu is on the board of the Africa Bible Commentary and is the editorial coordinator and New Testament editor for its revision. She is also the Africa Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature. Professor Mburu is also the author of "Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism", T & T Clark, 2019.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Part I: General Principles of Hermeneutics

1. Introduction

2. The African Worldview: Theological Aspects

3. The African Worldview: Philosophical aspects

4. An African Hermeneutic: A Four-Legged Stool

Part II: Specific Principles of Hermeneutics

5. Understanding the Context of the Bible

6. Interpreting Stories

7. Interpreting Wisdom

8. Interpreting Songs

9. Interpreting Letters

10. Conclusion

Further Reading

Bibliography

Index of Subjects

Index of Names

Index of Scripture

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