New Testament Concepts of Forgiveness in the Gospels in the Context of Dangme Translation and Usage

Abstract: 

In contemporary times the relationship between sin and forgiveness is a problem in Christian Communities. The article explores this problem in relation to the translation of the rendering of forgiveness to the Dangme1 people of Southern Ghana. The translation in the Ngmami Klouklou o (Dangme Bible) of forgiveness has led to people feeling continually enslaved and not seeing the possibility of being librated from their predicaments of sin. This has wider implications for Dangme soteriology. This paper seeks to find out the extent to which the translation of the concept of forgiveness fits in with contemporary understanding and usage of it among Dangme users of the Holy Bible in Dangme. The outcome of this work was the discovery of a more liberating concept which is ke (i.e. gift) which frees Dangme readers and particularly believers from the hangover of being perpetually in debt of sin which they seem unable to finish paying.

 

Authors: 

Anum, Eric
Kuwornu-Adjaottor, J.E.T(Department of Religious Studies , Lecturer , jkadjaottor@yahoo.com )

 

Place of publication: 

Anum, Eric Nii and Kuwornu-Adjaottor, Jonathan (2011). New Testament Concepts of Forgiveness in the Gospels in the Context of Dangme Translation and Usage. American Journal of Biblical Theology, Volume 12, (25): 1-19.

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