Anum, Eric Bortey
The reconstruction of forms of African theology:
towards effective biblical interpretation.
PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.
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This thesis sets out to investigate current reconstruction of forms of African theology that is
taking place in parts of Africa. The specific interest is to identify emerging biblical
interpretative modes from these theologies and seek to suggest ways of making them effective
for the benefit of African communities of readers and the biblical academia as a whole.
After a brief consideration of the contribution of historical critical interpretation, this thesis
then focused specifically on the development of African scholarly readings. The specific interest
in these African readings is ·to provide the necessary criteria which will ensure that critical
scholarly readings can both be differentiated and derived from popular readings. My interest in
popular readings is because of the major role they play in the provision of contextual components
or the missing links that can only be obtained from ordinary readers, that the scholarly reader
needs in his/her reconstruction of· African self-understanding. I have therefore looked at the
attempts to structure the relationship between ordinary readers and scholarly readers and out of
that has come the contribution to the theologies of reconstruction in Africa.
In summary, to respond to the quest for acceptable critical models of reading the Bible using
African cultural texts and world view, it has become necessary to provide recommendations for
African hermeneuts which would enhance their readings in order to make their contributions to
scholarly biblical interpretation to the global
community more effective. This is exactly what this thesis aims at achieving.
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