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Old Testament Essays

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CHITSULO, Takuze Saul. Exploring the role of the wicked in Habakkuk from Malawi socio-economic and political viewpoint. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.2, pp.301-325. ISSN 2312-3621.

John Saul has qualified decolonisation in Southern Africa (I960-1990) as "false." This is true for Malawi because despite gaining independence in 1964, attaining multiparty democracy in 1994 and has had three presidents in the multiparty era, life for many Mala-wians continues to be a struggle for survival. This article seeks to explore the role of "the wicked " in the book of Habakkuk for pur-poses of letting the text dialogue with Malawi socio-economic and political context, which are both products of internal politics and external forms of imperialism. The theoretical framework relevant to this study is the African contextual biblical hermeneutics model. It is a tri-polar approach because it involves three poles: a) the African context; b) the biblical text; and c) appropriation. In this model, there is a two-way movement between text and context ena-bling each to interrogate the other critically, and constructing potential lines of connection. Since the study deals with the context of Habakkuk and the Malawi context, both of which are substan-tially shaped by social, economic and political conditions, liberation and postcolonial biblical hermeneutics will ser\˜e as the sub-theo-retical frameworks. Within these theoretical frameworks, a socio-logical methodology will be used when analysing the biblical text and Malawi context.

Palavras-chave : Habakkuk; the wicked; Malawi; politics; economies of extraction.

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