Doing African Biblical Studies with the Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics Approach

Abstract: 

Biblical Studies is an academic discipline in the sense that it involves a rigorous scientific study of the Bible that leads to a systematic evolution of new knowledge criticized by academic departments or faculties in universities and colleges, and in academic journals where such researches are published. Over the past few centuries have been categorised into three broad areas. First, there are those that locate the meaning of the text in the world behind the text; second, those that locate the meaning of the text in the world within the text; and third, those that locate the meaning of the given text in world in front of the text. The third category which is the newest is oriented towards the reader(s) or reading community and the part they play in the communication process. The readers bring their own points of view and concerns to the text and so may end up with different meanings. This third category has created space for African Biblical Studies, with one of its offshoots being Mother-tongue Biblical Hermeneutics. In this paper, the author discusses how Biblical Studies have been done over the centuries, and gives a step-by-step approach to how Mother-tongue Biblical Hermeneutics is carried out.

 

Authors: 

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

 

Place of publication: 

Article published in All Nations University Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 1 No. 1. 2012

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