Original Research - Special Collection: Africa Platform for NT Scholars

Social-scientific criticism in Nigerian New Testament scholarship

Kingsley I. Uwaegbute, Damian O. Odo, Collins I. Ugwu
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 1 | a6394 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i1.6394 | © 2021 Kingsley I. Uwaegbute, Damian O. Odo, Collins I. Ugwu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 November 2020 | Published: 12 July 2021

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Kingsley I. Uwaegbute, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Damian O. Odo, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Collins I. Ugwu, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The use of the social sciences in the interpretation of the New Testament emerged from the 1970s and has become a standard methodology for interpreting the New Testament. However, it has not been significantly used in the interpretation of the New Testament in Nigeria by biblical scholars. This article discusses what social-scientific criticism is and the need for its application in the interpretation of the New Testament by Nigerian New Testament scholars for a better understanding of the New Testament and the people, beliefs and teachings it presents and contextualisation in the face of changing contexts of Christianity in Nigeria.

Contribution: As far as we know, this article is the first one written on using social-scientific criticism to interpret the New Testament in the Nigerian context. It therefore contributes to the need for a multidisciplinary approach to interpreting the New Testament in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. It therefore contributes also on methodological considerations with regard to interpreting the New Testament.


Keywords

New Testament; social-scientific criticism; New Testament scholars; Nigeria; biblical scholars; Christianity

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