ordinary reader will gradually come to the fore, because academic reading of the bible in Africa can no longer afford to ignore the concerns and perspectives of the ordinary reader. Since African biblical scholarship focuses on the community that receives the text, any continued ignoring of the ordinary readers will lead to sterile scholarship. African questions are now being put to the bible and African resources are being used in answering them. No longer then shall we have from the bible answers to questions not asked by Africans (Tutu 1978: 336). Biblical interpretation in Africa has made bold strides which can be said to place it at the threshold of maturity as we enter the third millennium. However, the real test of this maturity will be the extent to which it will sustain the African context as the subject of interpretation of the bible so that the hitherto muted voices and concerns of ordinary readers will come alive in the academic forum.
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