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Title: The Bible through African eyes : a comparative study of the epistemology in the hermeneutics of indigenous preachers in eastern Zambia with that in select intra-biblical appropriations and re-appropriations of the Exodus event and its ramifications for African biblical hermeneutical methods
Author: Nyirenda, Misheck
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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The Bible Through African Eyes, is a comparative study of the epistemologies in primary research data from Zambia and select intra-biblical appropriations and re-appropriations of the Exodus event with a view to delineate continuities between them and to use these as a basis for African biblical hermeneutical methods. It is based on the hypothesis that the two epistemologies are similar. The thesis belongs to philosophical hermeneutics, cultural anthropology and biblical studies. The thesis addresses the imperative and identifies a basis for Africans to undertake biblical hermeneutics from African socio-cultural realities and epistemological constitution. It presumes that Modern Christian Missions to Africa were framed and propagated through a Western worldview and socio-cultural realities. It associates the historical critical method with the epistemological interests of modernity. The thesis regards the post colony as epistemological space for the once-colonised to participate in biblical scholarship from their own epistemological constitutions and social-cultural realities. Finally, it argues that epistemological continuities between the Zambian and the biblical material provide a base on which Africans can articulate biblical hermeneutic theory that is rooted in their socio-cultural realities and epistemology and is empathetic to the socio-cultural realities and epistemology in the biblical texts. The thesis will offer critical evaluation of the hermeneutics and homiletics of selected preachers in Eastern Province, Zambia, and the hermeneutics in select intra-biblical appropriations and re-appropriations of the Exodus event under the three scholarly disciplines mentioned above with a view to establish the epistemologies in them. It will compare these epistemologies to establish continuities. These continuities form the basis for articulating African biblical hermeneutical methods and establish the value of the epistemology in the Zambian data for biblical scholarship as an alternative to the ongoing hegemony of Western epistemology in biblical scholarship in Africa.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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