The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories, and Trends

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readings, in other cases in the form of newer post-colonial or post-apartheid readings (see for example Deist 1992: 311–331, 1996: 110–118, West 1994: 152–170).

Another factor, which should not be underestimated, is technological development. Much of the research that is and has been done in Africa is done without access to the library services demanded by traditional western Old Testament scholarship (see Adamo 1997: 8–11; for a case study, the present situation in Nairobi, see Muutuki 1997: 5–7 and Bowen 1998: 20–21). Many African scholars have therefore realized that, under the given circumstances, the only option they have is to work with contextual comparative approaches. But technological developments might change this situation. As an increasing number of African Old Testament scholars have access to the Internet, and as the Internet increasingly offers access to bibliographical databases (see Kawale 1997: 3–4), full-text bases containing journals, encyclopaedias, lexicons, etc., and all kinds of discussion groups, the geographical location of the researcher may be of less importance. As a consequence, the particular focus on comparative questions might diminish.

In a sum, just as the Old Testament has proved to be an African book (see Holter 1996: 11–13), to do Old Testament scholarship has likewise proved to be an African enterprise. Therefore, wherever African Old Testament scholarship will be heading, with regard to institutional context and thematic orientation, it deserves attention.


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Abe, Gabriel O. “The Jewish and Yoruba Social Institution of Marriage: A Comparative Study.” Orita 21 (1989): 3–18.

Abegunde, Solomon O. A Philosophy and Method of Translating the Old Testament into Yoruba. Unpublished Dissertation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985.

Abogunrin, Samuel O. “Biblical Research in Africa: The Task Ahead.” Africa Journal of Biblical Studies 1/I (1986): 7–24.

Abotchie, Francis F.K. “Rites of Rassage and Socio-cultural Organization in African Culture and Judaism.” In Ed. Franz von Hammerstein, Christian-Jewish Relations in Ecumenical Perspective, with Special Emphasis on Africa. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1978: 82–89.

Adamo, David T. Africa and the Africans in the Old Testament. San Francisco: Christian Universities Press, 1998.


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