Aluta continua biblical hermeneutics for liberation : interpreting biblical texts on slavery for liberation of Zimbabwean underclasses

Faculty/Professorship: New Testament Studies  
Author(s): Vengeyi, Obvious
Other Contributing Persons: Kügler, Joachim  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2013
Pages: 462
ISBN: 978-3-86309-166-8
Series ; Volume: Bible in Africa Studies ; 10 
Supervisor(s): Kügler, Joachim  ; Talabardon, Susanne  
Source/Other editions: Parallel erschienen als Druckausg. in der University of Bamberg Press, 2013 (21,00 EUR)
Year of first publication: 2012
Language(s): English
Zugl.: Bayreuth, Univ., Diss., 2012 u.d.T.: Aluta continua biblical hermeneutics of liberation : engaging slavery texts in the Bible in the struggle against exploitation of domestic workers in Zimbabwe
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Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-SA - Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike 3.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-37641
This book was passed as a PhD thesis at Bayreuth University, Germany. The author challenges African Biblical scholars and Christian leaders to premise Biblical interpretation on the experiences of the often neglected underclasses. The author argues that from a comparative historical, cultural and material methodological point of view, the experiences of the Zimbabwean underclasses whose collective ordeal is represented by the experiences of domestic workers are strikingly similar to those suffered by slaves among other underclasses in the biblical world. In the same way religion was appropriated by the elite to validate oppression of the underclasses in the biblical world, the author shows that since the colonial era, Christianity in Africa, through biblical interpretation among many other tactics has been an influential force on the side of the dominant class to advance their racial, class and gender interests. To date, in Zimbabwe for example, the Bible (and religion in general) is manipulated by the dominant minority to justify and entrench the exploitation of the majority underclasses. On the other hand, the author observes that the history of ancient Israel, Roman colonial Palestine and colonial Zimbabwe evidences that when religion is appropriated (and/or the Bible is read and interpreted) from the historical cultural and material conditions of the underclasses, it can be a valuable resource not only for their mobilization to overthrow oppressive systems but also for justifying their resistance tactics. Aluta Continua!!(The Struggle goes on!!)
GND Keywords: Bibelstelle; Sklaverei; Simbabwe; Unterschicht; Befreiung; Soziale Gerechtigkeit
Keywords: Bible, Zimbabwe, Liberation hermeneutics, Biblical Studies, Africa
DDC Classification: 230 Christianity & Christian theology  
RVK Classification: BH 3830     BH 3450   
Type: Doctoralthesis
Year of publication: 7. November 2013

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