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Old Testament Essays

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SNYMAN, Gerrie. "Looking into black eyes and feel the embarrassment. "A selected and selective reading of the Africana Bible. Old testam. essays [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.2, pp.464-491. ISSN 2312-3621.

Employing a hermeneutics of vulnerability to unmask privileged positions, this article intends to provide a reading from a white perspective of The Africana Bible. Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. The hypothesis is that the book constitutes an exercise in reading the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible/First Testament in terms of a coloniality of being. Firstly, the socio-political relevance of an open discussion of racism will be illustrated by a recent example of a dispute that originated within racialized South African public discourse on the issue of white supremacy. Based on this example, the discussion will proceed to arguments regarding decoloniality after which a reading of selected chapters of The Africana Bible will be presented.

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