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The Ethiopian eunuch in transit: A migrant theoretical perspective

Zorodzai Dube
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a2019 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.2019 | © 2013 Zorodzai Dube | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 June 2013 | Published: 31 October 2013


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Abstract

Biblical scholars tend to see the Ethiopian eunuch and court official through the eyes of Philip the evangelist, which is also what the author of the text wants us to do. However, the narrative about the Ethiopian court official is also a story about the experiences of an ancient traveller, and as such, the story invokes the tales of contemporary migrants. In this study, I explore how the story about a sojourning court official intersects with contemporary immigration and identity issues. My study demonstrates how the travelling court official can be used as a figure to think with and how his story mirrors challenges faced by migrant workers today.

Keywords

Acts 8:26-40; Ethiopian eunuch; narrative; inter-cultural hermeneutics; Philip the evangelist; present-day migrant workers

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