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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.21 no.3 Pretoria  2008


Prayer for protection: a comparative perspective on the psalms in relation to Lozi traditional prayers



Liswaniso Kamuwanga

University of Pretoria





A comparative analysis of African Traditional Religion and the Old Testament detects proximity and distance amid the two religions. Microcosmic similarities in prayer for protection between biblical psalms and Lozi prayer traditions confirm closeness in religious experience during times of danger between ancient Israelite society and contemporary African tribal societies. Further, these similarities provide concrete points for dialogue between African Traditional Religion and biblical psalms. Inversely, differences underscore the uniqueness of prayer for protection in each of the biblical and African traditions.



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Liswaniso Kamuwanga
Department of Old Testament Studies
University of Pretoria

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