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Missionalia

On-line version ISSN 2312-878X
Print version ISSN 0256-9507

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WEST, Gerald O.. The Bible and/as the Lynching Tree - A South African Tribute to James H. Cone. Missionalia (Online) [online]. 2018, vol.46, n.2, pp.236-254. ISSN 2312-878X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7832/46-2-312.

In this tribute to James H. Cone I reflect on his biblical-theological hermeneutics, drawing on work that spans nearly fifty years, but concentrating on his most recent book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. I identify in Cone's work radical hermeneutics of reception, which I then bring into dialogue with Itumeleng Mosala's radical hermeneutic of production. This dialogue, I argue, offers us significant biblical-theological capacities for a post-apartheid biblical hermeneutics of decolonisation, with specific reference to South Africa's land expropriation debate.

Keywords : Lynching tree; decolonisation; Hermeneutic of Reception; Hermeneutic of Production; Land.

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