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

  • 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 andThis 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!!) show moreshow less

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Lehrstuhl für Neutestamentliche Wissenschaften
Author:Obvious Vengeyi
Advisor:Joachim Kügler, Susanne Talabardon
Contributer:Joachim Kügler
Place of publication:Bamberg
Publisher:Univ. of Bamberg Press
Year of publication:2013
Pages / Size:462 S.
Collections (Serial Number):Bible in Africa Studies (10)
Remarks:Zugl.: Bayreuth, Univ., Diss., 2012 u.d.T.: Aluta continua biblical hermeneutics of liberation : engaging slavery texts in the Bible in the struggle against exploitation of domestic workers in Zimbabwe
Year of first publication:2012
Source/Other editions:Parallel erschienen als Druckausg. in der University of Bamberg Press, 2013 (21,00 EUR)
To order a print copy: http://www.uni-bamberg.de/ubp/
SWD-Keyword:Bibelstelle ; Sklaverei ; Zimbabwe ; Unterschicht ; Befreiung ; Soziale Gerechtigkeit ; Online-Publikation
Keywords:Africa; Bible; Biblical Studies; Liberation hermeneutics; Zimbabwe
DDC-Classification:2 Religion / 23 Christentum, Christliche Theologie / 230 Christentum, Christliche Theologie
RVK-Classification:BH 3450 ; BH 3830
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-37641
ISBN:978-3-86309-166-8
ISBN:978-3-86309-167-5
Document Type:Buch (Monografie)
Language:English
Publishing Institution:University of Bamberg Press, Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg
Release Date:2013/11/07
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen (cc by-nc-sa)

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