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African Hermeneutics

ISBN: 9781783684649



Interpretation of Scripture occurs within one’s worldview and culture, which enhances our understanding and ability to apply Scripture in the world. However, few books address Bible interpretation from an African perspective and no other textbook uses the intercultural approach found here. This book brings both an awareness of how one’s African context gives a lens to hermeneutics, but also how to interpret texts with integrity despite our cultural influences.

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  • Explores the theological, literary, and historical/cultural contexts of the biblical authors
  • Presents a model that guides the reader in examining the text using four interrelated steps
  • Provides a foundation for an intercultural approach to interpretation

Part I: General Principles of Hermeneutics

  • Introduction
  • The African Worldview: Theological Aspects
  • The African Worldview: Philosophical aspects
  • An African Hermeneutic: A Four-Legged Stool

Part II: Specific Principles of Hermeneutics

  • Understanding the Context of the Bible
  • Interpreting Stories
  • Interpreting Wisdom
  • Interpreting Songs
  • Interpreting Letters
  • Conclusion
It is my privilege to commend this helpful and readable work. Communicating clearly and logically developing observations from African life and the biblical text, Elizabeth Mburu articulates a sound and fruitful African hermeneutic. She skilfully compares African and biblical worldviews, offering foundations for contextualization in a way that brings together the interpretive horizons.

—Craig S. Keener, PhD, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA

Elizabeth Mburu lays down principles for a four-legged stool model of an intercultural biblical hermeneutics in Africa and applies it to both Old Testament and New Testament texts. Her contribution deserves close attention from any reader who is interested in the development of intercultural hermeneutics in Africa.

—Jean-Claude Loba-Mkole, PhD, United Bible Societies, Kenya, University of the Free State, South Africa

The author of this exciting book, African Hermeneutics, has aptly referred to African Christianity as “dichotomized Christianity.” To remove this split Christianity, Mburu proposes that African Christians must contextualize the interpretation of the Bible by using known African categories of interpretation. Her proposal is new, fresh, engaging and potentially revolutionary and paradigmatic. In my mind, this is a must read for all African theological educators, missionaries, students and pastors.

—Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, PhD, Author and General Secretary of ECWA (Evangelical Church Willing All)

  • Title: African Hermeneutics
  • Author: Elizabeth Mburu
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 252
  • Resource Type: Monongraph
  • Topic: Hermeneutics

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Elizabeth W. Mburu is an adjunct professor of Bible and religion at Montreat College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a frequent lecturer on the relationship between the New Testament and Qumran literature.


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