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With this series of essays collections and monographs on Bible in Africa and Africa related Biblical Studies we want to open up a forum of academic exchange on an international level. This exchange is usually not quite easy, especially between scholars in Africa and in the West. The reasons are lack of library sources on one side, lack of interest on the other. Presenting a book series which is published in Germany but available all over the world via internet we hope to improve communication a bit. We invite all Biblical scholars dealing with Africa related topics to bring their best studies into the BiAS series. Online publication is without any costs; only printed exemplars need to be funded.

Edited by Joachim Kügler, Lovemore Togarasei, Masiiwa R. Gunda & Eric Souga Onomo. In cooperation with  Ezra Chitando and Nisbert Taringa.

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The Bible and Violence in Africa : Papers presented at the BiAS meeting 2014 in Windhoek (Namibia), with some additional contributions / Johannes Hunter & Joachim Kügler (Eds.)

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2016
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 20)
978-3-86309-393-8

Preis: 19,00 €

BiAS 20 contains papers presented at the BiAS meeting 2014 in Windhoek (Namibia), with some additional contributions. Scholars from Nigeria, Cameroon, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Germany are dealing with the urgent question of how the Bible is involved in the widespread use of violence in political, social, religious, and gender conflicts. One leading question is how to deal with the textual representation of violence in the Bible. It is taken up by more general hermeneutical contributions. The other leading question is how biblical texts and/or concepts are used to cause and justify violence. This is taken up by a greater number of articles which deal with concrete societal and political contexts in Zimbabwe and other African countries. The conference in Namibia was supported as a Humboldt-Kolleg on the Bible and Violence in Africa by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Offering the Gospel ADAPANON : An interpretation and application of 1 Corinthians 9:18 / Johannes M. Wessels. Ed. and provided with a foreword by Joachim Kügler

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2015
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 19)
978-3-86309-340-2

Preis: 20,00 €

This volume deals with the financing of missions and missionaries which has been a headache for the church for ages. Many approaches to funding the proclamation of the gospel have often been very pragmatic, without a solid biblical foundation. In this book Paul’s claim to offer the gospel adapanon, or free of charge, is thoroughly discussed, and posed as a biblical approach to presenting the good news to the nations. This work does not only provide an in-depth look into the Scriptural basis for tentmaking, but also studies the social and historical background to the practise in the First Century Mediterranean, and in Twenty-First Century Botswana. Information on the author: Dr Johannes Wessels is a Post-Doctoral fellow at the North-West University, Mahikeng Campus (South Africa), and has been involved in missions since his years as a student at the same institution. Johannes has been a pastor in various contexts in South-Africa and Botswana for more than two decades, and is also involved in the management of Natanjá Christian School in Ottosdal, South Africa.

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On the public role of the Bible in Zimbabwe : Unpacking Banana’s “re-writing” call for a socially and contextually relevant Biblical Studies / Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2015
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 18)
978-3-86309-298-6

Preis: 17,50 €

Bias Volume 18 is a book that is dedicated to critically unpack the meaning of the call to re-write the Bible made by the first President of Zimbabwe, Canaan S. Banana in 1991. In this book, the author engages with Banana’s written works and makes critical observations regarding the call to re-write the Bible. This book argues that re-writing was proposed as a means to an end by Banana. It is demonstrated that what Banana intended was eradicating injustice, violence and inequality in the Middle East which was fuelled by the “ideology of chosenness”, which was sustained by a use of the Bible. Once it became clear the end was not re-writing the Bible, this work moved on to consider alternative means to achieving the same end. The search for alternatives leads the author to consider “the way of Europe”, that is, de-biblification or a watered down de-biblification, which is named partial de-biblification in this work. Finally, the author proposes a “critical biblification” as a viable alternative to re-writing or de-biblification. This book, in honour of Banana, calls for socially and contextually relevant biblical studies.

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The Bible and Children in Africa / Lovemore Togarasei & Joachim Kügler (eds.)

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2014
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 17)
978-3-86309-288-7

Preis: 17,50 €

The relationship between the Bible and Children in Africa is a topic of highest relevance. This book is treating it in two main perspectives which often are intertwined: | The exegetical perspective “Children in the Bible” is dealing with the concepts of childhood in biblical texts, asking for example: How are children conceived in different texts. What is their status in family, society and church? What is their relation to God? What is the metaphoric use of childhood in biblical soteriology? What is the function and meaning of calling adult persons “children” (of God, or of the Apostle)? | The contextual perspective “African children of today and the Bible” is dealing with the different life settings African children find themselves in and how the Bible is present in these life settings. Here the questions for example are: What is the status of children in family and society? How are traditional concepts of childhood changing under the conditions of poverty, HIV/AIDS and violence? How are the ideas and ideals of childhood influenced by the Bible? What is the role of the Bible in child-education? Can children’s rights be established with help of the Bible? This volume of BiAS 17 is collecting the papers presented at the 2012 BiAS meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, with some additional contributions.

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Analysing the Frames of a Bible : The Case of the Setswana Translations of the Book of Ruth / by Sidney K. Berman

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2014
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 16)
978-3-86309-280-1

Preis: 18,50 €

This volume of BiAS is on theory and practise of biblical tranlation. In 1857, Setswana language produced the first complete Bible in a Bantu language. The second Setswana Bible was published in 1908 – the third in 1970. In each case, different circumstances, factors or contextual frames of reference dictated the need for such a Bible version. The frames converged to cause differences between the meanings of the Setswana Bibles and their sources. This book demonstrates how specific socio-cultural, organisational, linguistic, textual and communicational frames probably influenced the outcome of each Bible. It subsequently presents a framework for analysing existing Bibles and for minimising the occurrence of shifts in prospective translations. The book of Ruth is used as an example while Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) is treated as an ideal source text.

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Multiplying in the Spirit: African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe / ed. by Ezra Chitando, Masiiwa Ragies Gunda & Joachim Kügler

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2014
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 15)
978-3-86309-254-2

Preis: 18,50 €

This volume was motivated by the realisation that AICs continue to be a significant player on Zimbabwe’s spiritual market. Members of predominantly Apostolic, but also Zionist, churches are highly visible in both rural and urban areas. Prophets from AICs are constantly in the news, alongside advertising their competence in urban areas. Thus it is high time to bring AICs being an important part of recent social reality in Zimbabwe back into academic focus. BiAS 15 at the same time is ERA 1 which means that this volume opens a new sub-series to BiAS which is meant to explore religion in Africa in all its manifold manifestation, be it Christian or not.

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Beyond Making Money : The Prophetic Songs of Paul Dzampah from Ghana ; Edition, Introduction, and Annotations / by Joachim Kügler

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2014
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 14)
ISBN 978-3-86309-243-6
Preis: 16,00 €

This volume intends to give voice to one of the local agents of religious change in Africa by listening to the voice of Paul Dzampah, a Christian singer-songwriter in Ghana. Among the broad movement of new, post-modern Christianity in Africa the songs which are documented in this volume are kind of outstanding as the author never tried to establish his own church and never intended to make his living with his songs. We find a prophetic voice here which does not want to be “churchy” and which moves beyond the wide-spread attempt of making money with religion. The volume refrains from intensive analysis or extensive comment. The editor rather is just documenting these texts, and leaving the scientific analysis to others.

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Towards an African-Christian Environmental Ethic / by Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2014
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 13)
ISBN 978-3-86309-210-8
Preis: 15,00 €

Volume 13 of BiAS series brings out into prominence issues at the bottom of dialogue between African and Christian attitudes to nature. The Shona notion of hierarchy of sacredness of nature as opposed to the intrinsic value of nature forms a barrier to a possible reconciliation between Shona and Christian attitudes to nature. This is largely based on the belief that some aspects of nature in Shona are imbued with spirits. Although sacred aspects may be accidentally protected, there is a weakness in the discriminative attitudes that leaves other aspects vulnerable. It appears the Shona have yet to extricate themselves from an ethic based on fear of ancestral spirits to conscious assessment of scientific causes of ecological imbalances. Shona attitudes to nature fail to take account of the denial of the sacredness of some aspects of nature. The Christian attitudes to nature on the other hand, propound the doctrine of the equal worth and equal integrity of all aspects of nature, rather than a discriminative sacredness of nature. The attitudes are, however, based on the assumption that nature is purely material. This position results into divergent attitudes to nature. Attitudes to nature presented from a Christian perspective appear reluctant to identify divinity with natural phenomena. Christianity suggests the idea of creation value to bridge this gap. To this end, the creation value to which Christian attitudes tend to lend support, might well act as common denominator between Shona and Christian attitudes to nature particularly in the light of eco-spirituality and move towards African-Christian environmental ethics.

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Prophets, profits and the Bible in Zimbabwe : Festschrift for Aynos Masotcha Moyo / ed. by Ezra Chitando, Masiiwa Ragies Gunda & Joachim Kügler

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2013
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 12)
ISBN 978-3-86309-198-9
Preis: 20,00 €

BiAS 12 examines the phenomenon of prophets and prophecy in contemporary Zimbabwe. By applying insights from biblical studies and other approaches, the volume sheds light on how this contentious phenomenon has been discussed in the Zimbabwean context. The different chapters highlight the role of the Bible, gender, media, literature and other perspectives have influenced attitudes towards prophets and prophecy in Zimbabwe. While the phenomenon has been principally associated with the new wave of Pentecostalism, it remains critical to appreciate pre-existing attitudes towards prophets from African Initiated Churches (AICs), as well as traditional healers in African Indigenous Religions (AIRs). Contributors to this volume have explored the complexities that characterize prophets and prophecy. The volume is of interest to scholars in biblical studies, theology, religious studies, political science, anthropology, philosophy and other disciplines. General readers, church leaders and civil society activists will also find the chapters in this volume valuable.

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The Book of Ruth from a Lomwe perspective : ḤESED AND IKHARARI / by Justino Manuel Alfredo

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2013
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 11)
ISBN 978-3-86309-190-3
Preis: 20,00 €

Taking the word ḤSD in the Book of Ruth as an example, this study argues that the meaning of a word can only be fully determined by taking into consideration the linguistic and socio-cultural contexts within which it functions. A basic assumption is that the biblical source text serves as a frame of reference for the semantic analysis of a particular word. The text provides an integrative semantic and pragmatic framework within which a biblical term must be investigated with reference to its wider socio-cultural setting.

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Aluta continua biblical hermeneutics for liberation : interpreting biblical texts on slavery for liberation of Zimbabwean underclasses / Obvious Vengeyi

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2013
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 10)
ISBN 978-3-86309-166-8
Preis: 21,00 €

This book was passed as a PhD thesis at Bayreuth University, Germany. The author challenges African Biblical scholars and Christian leaders to premise Biblical interpretation on the experiences of the often neglected underclasses. The author argues that from a comparative historical, cultural and material methodological point of view, the experiences of the Zimbabwean underclasses whose collective ordeal is represented by the experiences of domestic workers are strikingly similar to those suffered by slaves among other underclasses in the biblical world. In the same way religion was appropriated by the elite to validate oppression of the underclasses in the biblical world, the author shows that since the colonial era, Christianity in Africa, through biblical interpretation among many other tactics has been an influential force on the side of the dominant class to advance their racial, class and gender interests. To date, in Zimbabwe for example, the Bible (and religion in general) is manipulated by the dominant minority to justify and entrench the exploitation of the majority underclasses. On the other hand, the author observes that the history of ancient Israel, Roman colonial Palestine and colonial Zimbabwe evidences that when religion is appropriated (and/or the Bible is read and interpreted) from the historical cultural and material conditions of the underclasses, it can be a valuable resource not only for their mobilization to overthrow oppressive systems but also for justifying their resistance tactics. Aluta Continua!!(The Struggle goes on!!)

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HIV/AIDS and the Bible in Tanzania : A Contextual Re-reading of 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 / by Mussa Simon Muneja

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2012
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 9)
ISBN 978-3-86309-115-6
Preis: 17,00 €

This volume was passed as doctoral thesis by the University of South Africa (UNISA). The author contends throughout the book that it is arguably clear that the AIDS epidemic has infected and affected our world in radical ways. Although every sector, including Biblical Studies, has come to its ‘senses’, by realising the urgency to respond; there still appears to be inadequate contextual engagement with the biblical text to stimulate empowering and transformative readings of the Bible. The author presents his interpretative case aimed to contribute to scholarship by determining the extent to which the church, the academy and Persons with HIV have adhered to stigmatising interpretations. He uses reader response method theoretical framework as applied within the context of African theology because it is socially located. Unlike many books, this one emerges from empirical findings. The data was collected through focus groups and personal interviews. The purposive sampling included 70 participants, who were divided into three key categories: academic theologians, university students and persons with HIV. All participants in the study re-read 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in order to ascertain if the characters therein could be relevant to the context of AIDS. Towards the end, the author sums up his case by endorsing that, characters from 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 can provide an empowering message in the context of AIDS. Although this biblical text has often been misused to promote stigma, this study confirmed that it was nonetheless possible to use the same text to unearth redemptive and empowering interpretations. Therefore the book recommends that the move towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics invites socially engaged scholars along with ordinary readers to read the text together for transformative purposes.

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The Messianic Feeding of the Masses : An Analysis of John 6 in the Context of Messianic Leadership in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe / von Francis Machingura

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2012
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 8 )
ISBN 978-3-86309-064-7
Preis: 21,00 €

Dieser Band präsentiert eine Kontextuelle Lektüre von Joh 6 im Kontext messianischer Führungsansprüche im postkolonialen Simbabwe. Zur Analyse werden nicht nur altorientalische Herrschaftstraditionen herangezogen, auch das Alte Testament, das Frühjudentum und die Königstraditionen der Schona-Kultur finden Beachtung. Im Zentrum des Interesses steht dabei das Motiv der Ernährung der Massen durch den Herrscher.

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The Bible and Politics in Africa / hrsg. von Masiiwa Ragies Gunda und Joachim Kügler

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2012
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 7)
ISBN 978-3-86309-090-6
Preis: 21,00 €

This volume is based on the International Bible Symposium “The Bible and Politics in Africa” which was held in summer 2010 in Kloster Banz (Germany). The IBS 2010 was organised by Prof. Kügler’s team at the Chair for New Testament Studies at Bamberg University and was generously funded and hosted by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich/ Kloster Banz. Some of the articles published here are based on papers presented at IBS 2010. The editors, however, added some articles to broaden the discussion and to also give a voice to those who could not be present at the symposium. The topic of Biblical influence on politics and of political uses of the Bible is of course not merely an African topic. Christian tradition has always stressed that it not only wants to show ways to heaven but also to reconstruct this world according to God’s will. However the topic seems especially relevant in African societies as many of them ascribe a paramount role to the “Word of God” and thus the Bible seems to be used most directly as a handbook for political actions. With their critical analytical approach the contributors of BiAS 7 try to meet this special challenge for Contextual Biblical Studies which has to be taken more serious than it used to be in academic research.

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Death and After-life Rituals in the eyes of the Shona : Dialogue with Shona Customs with the Quest for Authentic Inculturation / by Canisius Mwandayi

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2011
(Bible in African Studies ; 6)
ISBN 978-3-86309-029-6
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Der Band analysiert die Probleme im Umfeld der Integration von Schona-Bestattungstraditionen in christliche Kirchen, inbesondere in die katholische Kirche in Simbabwe.

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Pauvreté ou paupérisation en Afrique : une étude exegético-ethique de la pauvreté chez les Beti-Fang du Cameroun / par Jacques Fulbert Owono

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2011
(Bible in Africa Studies; 5)
ISBN 978-3-86309-052-4
Preis: 19,00 €

Face aux théories de développement élaborées par les experts en économie de la Banque mondiale et du Fonds monétaire international, de l’aide conjointe de la communauté internationale qui s’élève chaque année en milliards d’Euro; face aux politiques de sortie de crise envisagées par les pays africains eux-mêmes, l’impression qui se dégage est que tout bouge en Afrique mais rien ne change. Au contraire…Où situer donc le problème du développement en Afrique: dans le manque d’infrastructures ou des personnes? Fatalité ou simple détermination? L’auteur entend démontrer dans ce travail qu’il n’y a pas de politique véritable de développement qui n’épouse les contours socioculturels, historico-religieuses et géo-environnementales des peuples concernés. Et partant de l’exemple des Béti-Fang du Cameroun, l’auteur propose une étude exégètico-éthique de sortie de crise au Cameroun.

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From Text to Practice : The role of the Bible in daily living of African people today / ed. by Joachim Kügler and Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

2. ed., rev. and expanded
Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2013
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 4 (2))
ISBN 978-3-86309-130-9
Preis: 17,50 €

That the Bible is a manual for daily living is attested in almost all Christian denominations, how this role is transformed into practice is clearly an area that remains a contested terrain among Christians. This volume is our modest contribution to looking at the relationship between the Bible and our practices. The central question that the articles in this volume respond to is: how is the Bible related to our daily life? This question is especially important on the African continent where religion appears to be gaining influence. Without taking anything away from western biblical scholars, African biblical scholars must also engage with the question: how do we put into practice the teachings of the Bible? This volume contains papers presented at the International Bible Symposium 2009 in Bamberg (Germany) and additional contributions.

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From Text to Practice - The role of the Bible in daily living of African people today / von Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2011
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 4)
ISBN 978-3-86309-004-3
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That the Bible is a manual for daily living is attested in almost all Christian denominations, how this role is transformed into practice is clearly an area that remains a contested terrain among Christians. This volume is our modest contribution to looking at the relationship between the Bible and our practices. The central question that the articles in this volume respond to is: how is the Bible related to our daily life? This question is especially important on the African continent where religion appears to be gaining influence. Without taking anything away from western biblical scholars, African biblical scholars must also engage with the question: how do we put into practice the teachings of the Bible? This volume contains papers presented at the International Bible Symposium 2009 in Bamberg (Germany) and additional contributions.

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The Bible and Homosexuality in Zimbabwe : a Socio-historical analysis of the political, cultural and Christian arguments in the homosexual public debate with special reference to the use of the Bible / by Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2010
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 3)
ISBN 978-3-923507-74-0
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BiAS 3 ist eine Monographie, die von der Universität Bayreuth (Deutschland) als Doktorarbeit angenommen wurde. Der Autor untersucht das Thema Homosexualität in Simbabwe, ein Thema, das das Interesse der internationalen Öffentlichkeit erregt hat, seit Präsident Mugabe 1995 Homosexuelle als “Schweine und Hunde” bezeichnet hat. Die Position des Präsidenten wurde in der folgenden Debatte von Christen und Traditionalisten gleichermaßen unterstützt und die Bibel wurde dabei als letztgültiger Maßstab (Wort Gottes) benutzt. Die Bibel wurde aber auch von homosexuellen Personen (und ihren Unterstützern) benutzt, sodass man “mit der Bibel gegen die Bibel” kämpfte. Das Buch beschreibt die Verbindung zwischen Homosexualität, Religion, sozio-ökonomischen und politischen Herausforderungen und stellt die verbreitete selektiv-wörtliche Anwendung der Bibel kritisch in Frage, da sie den sozio-historischen Kontext der Bibel ignoriert. Das Buch wendet sich an Studenten und Dozenten der Bibelwissenschaft, aber auch an die allgemeinen Leserschaft, die sich mit gegenwärtigen sozio-theologischen Fragen befasst.

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Reign With Him for Thousand Years (Rev 20:6) - A Socio-Hermeneutical Exposition of Biblical and Contemporary Millenarian Movements in Zimbabwe as Radical Responses to Deprivation / by David Bishau

Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2010
(Bible in Africa Studies ; 2)
ISBN 978-3-923507-73-3
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Diese Monographie ist die Druckfassung einer Doktorarbeit, die an der University of Zimbabwe in Harare eingereicht wurde. Sie befasst sich mit dem Milleniarismus, einer Strömung, deren Ursprung der Autor in biblischen Zeiten datiert. Er zieht Verbindungslinien zwischen prophetischen und apokalyptischen Bewegungen in der Bibel einerseits und den zeitgenössischen Bewegungen der Zeugen Jehovas und Johane Masowe in Simbabwe.

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The Bible in Context : Essay Collection / by Lovemore Togarasei
Bamberg: Univ. of Bamberg Press, 2009
(Bible in Africa studies ; 1)
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This volume opens the series BiAS. Bible in Context is a collection of 9 essays discussing how biblical texts are read and interpreted in different contexts. The book discusses such contexts as Bible translation, HIV and AIDS, urban feminist Christology, denominationalism, conversion in African Christianity, environmental crisis, political conflict, land reform and women dress code. It analyses the ways in which context determines the reading processes and interpretations given to specific biblical texts. The book basically demonstrates that biblical interpretation is influenced by the contexts of the readers and the interpreters.

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