HIV/AIDS and the Bible in Tanzania : A Contextual Re-reading of 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33

Faculty/Professorship: New Testament Studies  
Author(s): Muneja, Mussa Simon
Editors: Kügler, Joachim  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2012
Pages: 243
ISBN: 978-3-86309-115-6
Series ; Volume: Bible in Africa Studies ; 9 
Source/Other editions: Parallel erschienen als Druckausg. in der University of Bamberg Press, 2012 (17,00 EUR)
Language(s): English
Zugl.: Pretoria, Univ. of South Africa (UNISA), Diss., 2011 u.d.T.: Muneja, Mussa Simon: Re-Reading 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in Tanzanian Contexts: Towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeuneutics
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Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-9957
This volume was passed as doctoral thesis by the University of South Africa (UNISA). The author contends throughout the book that it is arguably clear that the AIDS epidemic has infected and affected our world in radical ways. Although every sector, including Biblical Studies, has come to its ‘senses’, by realising the urgency to respond; there still appears to be inadequate contextual engagement with the biblical text to stimulate empowering and transformative readings of the Bible.
The author presents his interpretative case aimed to contribute to scholarship by determining the extent to which the church, the academy and Persons with HIV have adhered to stigmatising interpretations. He uses reader response method theoretical framework as applied within the context of African theology because it is socially located.
Unlike many books, this one emerges from empirical findings. The data was collected through focus groups and personal interviews. The purposive sampling included 70 participants, who were divided into three key categories: academic theologians, university students and persons with HIV. All participants in the study re-read 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in order to ascertain if the characters therein could be relevant to the context of AIDS.
Towards the end, the author sums up his case by endorsing that, characters from 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 can provide an empowering message in the context of AIDS. Although this biblical text has often been misused to promote stigma, this study confirmed that it was nonetheless possible to use the same text to unearth redemptive and empowering interpretations. Therefore the book recommends that the move towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics invites socially engaged scholars along with ordinary readers to read the text together for transformative purposes.
GND Keywords: Tansania; Aids; Bibellektüre; Bibel. Samuel, 2., 2-20
Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Tanzania, Bible, Africa Studies, Contextual Biblical Studies
DDC Classification: 220 The Bible  
RVK Classification: BT 2062   
Type: Book
Year of publication: 23. January 2013

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