Original Research - Special Collection: Foundation subjects, Old and New Testament Studies

Locating ‘Contextual Bible Study’ within biblical liberation hermeneutics and intercultural biblical hermeneutics

Gerald O. West
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2641 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2641 | © 2014 Gerald O. West | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 February 2014 | Published: 16 October 2014

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Gerald O. West, School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics & Ujamaa Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Abstract

This article uses the occasion of the 70th anniversary of HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies to reflect on a particular form of liberation hermeneutics that emerged in the 1980s in South Africa. ‘Contextual Bible Study’ is briefly defined, but its precise contours are explored by locating this form of liberation hermeneutics within liberation hermeneutics more generally and then intercultural biblical hermeneutics more specifically. The article sets up a dialogue amongst these practices, examining both their family resemblances and their distinctive features.

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