Analysing the interface between ordinary African readers of the Bible and the critical discipline of Biblical studies

Abstract :

Focuses on a careful analysis of the interface between the critically trained reader of the Bible within Biblical Studies and the pre-critical ordinary African reader within the church, and between the critical resources of Biblical Studies and the community resources of ordinary African readers. Some preliminary work has been done in this area. In previous work, aspects of the relation between three modes of reading (behind the text, on the text, and in front of the text) and ordinary readers are explored. Drawing on four case studies of ordinary readers of the Bible, it is demonstrated that there is no “typical” ordinary reader and that while there may appear to be some affinities between “ordinary readers” and the three modes of reading, the situation is more complex. A crucial point that is made is how different ordinary readers’ modes of reading are from those of trained readers. It is attempted to discover who the ordinary readers are and how they are reading the Bible. The relationship between trained readers and ordinary readers in biblical hermeneutics is analysed. The study develops a clear theoretical and hermeneutic framework for reading the Bible in the interface between Biblical Studies and ordinary African readers. A comparative study was undertaken of work done in the interface between trained and ordinary African readers in South Africa.



Author West GO
Date Accessioned 2016-09-22T10:11:08Z
Date Available 2016-09-22T10:11:08Z
Date Created 1995
Identifier URL 1996
Language English
Subject Religion
Subject 2 Religion
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Degree Type Doctoral degree
Degree Description  D Th