Liberation Theology: Africa and the Bible

Gerald West

in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198601180
Published online April 2009 |
 Liberation Theology: Africa and the Bible

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This chapter examines the encounter between Africa and the Bible. It argues that while the Bible has been used for purposes of oppression and imperialism — both because of the ideologies of those who have used it and because of the ideologies intrinsic to it — ordinary Africans have at a deeper level negotiated and transacted with the Bible and partially appropriated the Bible by relativizing it, resisting it, and modifying it with uncanny creativity.

Keywords: Bible; African Christianity; biblical hermeneutics; African resources

Chapter.  5058 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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