Original Research - Special Collection: Yolanda Dreyer Festschrift

Insiders and outsiders and a hermeneutic of resonance

Glenna S. Jackson
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4616 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4616 | © 2017 Glenna S. Jackson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 April 2017 | Published: 26 July 2017

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Glenna S. Jackson, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein University, Westerville, United States and Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In this article, the author once again reflected on her personal and existential experience of frequent visits to African countries as well as to Israel-Palestine. The article focuses on the issues of outsiders becoming effective allies to the cultures they are visiting, teaching and researching by listening to other understandings and interpretations of biblical texts, Jesus’ parables specifically. It is an appropriate tribute to Yolanda Dreyer because of Prof. Dreyer’s involvement and significant contributions in issues of social justice, both academically and experientially.


Social justice; parables; New Testament Studies; Africa; hermeneutics; insiders; outsiders


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