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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.24 no.2 Pretoria  2011

 

"Looking into black eyes and feel the embarrassment. " A selected and selective reading of the Africana Bible1

 

 

Gerrie Snyman

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

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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Correspondence:
Prof. Gerrie Snyman
Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
University of South Africa
P.O. Box 392, UNISA, 0003
South Africa
Email: snymagf@unisa.ac.za

 

 

1 This article is an edited version of a paper read at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta 2010. A grant by the University of South Africa for Foreign Conference Attendance is hereby acknowledged.

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