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2008 Annual Meeting


Meeting Begins11/22/2008
Meeting Ends11/25/2008

Call for Papers Opens: 11/17/2007
Call for Papers Closes: 2/29/2008

Requirements for Participation

African Biblical Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Section 1 - Theme: The Interplay between the Bible, the Body, and Power: Women and Men in Conversation

At the centre of the debate about the impact (and /or use) of the Bible in differing post-independence African contexts, are the issues of bodies and power. In this Section, we welcome proposals by both male and female African biblical scholars, which will either give broader engagement of the dynamics of power, body and the Christian Bible or use the power/body dynamics as a hermeneutical lens to engage particular biblical texts. The engagements must not lose sight of African contexts as the primary site of such contestations

Section 2: Theme: The Bible and Land in Post-Colonial Africa

The African expression, “wealth comes from a field (land)”, ranks among those African wisdom sayings that show the connectedness and rootedness of African peoples with/on the land. The history of slavery, colonialism, missionary activities in Africa reveals the role played by the (Christian) Bible in the issues of land in Africa. Papers which engage issues of restitution (in the broader sense and particularly, land restitution), displacement, exile and poverty, et cetera, as these interact with Bible interpretation in post-colonial African contexts are welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Dora Rudo Mbuwayesango

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