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Postmoderne epistemologie en postkoloniale hermeneutiek

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a581 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.581 | © 2004 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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Andries G. van Aarde, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Postmodern epistemology and postcolonial hermeneutics

Postcolonial hermeneutics is concerned with linguistic, cultural and geographical transfer. Within the framework of biblical studies it explores strategies of interpreting texts from the situation of previously colonised people who are accommodated in a new liberated context, but find themselves both included and excluded. Biblical texts are historically considered to be both the products of people who were subjected to the exploitation of Middle-Eastern and Graeco-Roman super powers and interpreted today in the third world by people who also were subjects of modern colonial powers. Postcolonial studies represent a postmodern epistemology which implies a deconstructive approach to hermeneutics. The article consists of five “preludes”, introducing postmodern epistemology, postcolonial hermeneutics, postcolonial biblical studies, and unlocking potential biblical research in South Africa.


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