ON THE PUBLIC ROLE OF THE BIBLE IN ZIMBABWE : Unpacking Banana’s “re-writing” call for a socially and contextually relevant Biblical Studies




Faculty/Professorship: New Testament Studies  
Author(s): Gunda, Masiiwa Ragies
Editors: Kügler, Joachim  
Corporate Body: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Lehrstuhl für Neutestamentliche Wissenschaften
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2015
Pages: 195 ; Illustrationen
ISBN: 978-3-86309-298-6
978-3-86309-299-3
Series ; Volume: Bible in Africa Studies ; 18 
Source/Other editions: Parallel erschienen als Druckausg. in der University of Bamberg Press, 2015 (17,50 EUR)
Language(s): English
Link to order the print version: http://www.uni-bamberg.de/ubp/
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-SA - Attribution - ShareAlike 3.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-255608
Abstract: 
Bias Volume 18 is a book that is dedicated to critically unpack the meaning of the call to re-write the Bible made by the first President of Zimbabwe, Canaan S. Banana in 1991. In this book, the author engages with Banana’s written works and makes critical observations regarding the call to re-write the Bible. This book argues that re-writing was proposed as a means to an end by Banana. It is demonstrated that what Banana intended was eradicating injustice, violence and inequality in the Middle East which was fuelled by the “ideology of chosenness”, which was sustained by a use of the Bible. Once it became clear the end was not re-writing the Bible, this work moved on to consider alternative means to achieving the same end. The search for alternatives leads the author to consider “the way of Europe”, that is, de-biblification or a watered down de-biblification, which is named partial de-biblification in this work. Finally, the author proposes a “critical biblification” as a viable alternative to re-writing or de-biblification. This book, in honour of Banana, calls for socially and contextually relevant biblical studies.
GND Keywords: Simbabwe; Banana, Canaan; Bibel; Soziale Funktion
Keywords: Zimbabwe, Contextual Biblical Studies, Bible in Africa, Canaan Sodindo Banana (Person), Public Theology
DDC Classification: 220 The Bible  
RVK Classification: BW 60600     BW 46000     BL 3160     BL 3070   
Type: Book
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/21062
Year of publication: 17. April 2015

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