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Old Testament Essays

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Old testam. essays vol.25 n.1 Pretoria  2012


Decolonizing Psalm 91 in an African perspective with special reference to the culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria1



David Tuesday Adamo






This article is an attempt to reread Ps 91 in an African context using the culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria as a point of reference. It briefly reviews certain Western methods of interpreting the book of Psalms which are referred to as Eurocentric. This Eurocentric interpretation, although it shares some good things with Africentric interpretation, does not adequately meet the everyday social, physical and spiritual aspirations of the African people. An Africentric interpretation of the Bible is an interpretation of the Bible in the light of African culture. In this article Psalm 91 is interpreted in the light of protection, healing and success which are the greatest needs in Africa.



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Prof. David Tuesday Adamo
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kogi State University
Anyigba, Nigeria and a Research Fellow, Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
University of South Africa, Pretoria, 0003



1 This paper was originally presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in San Francisco, USA in 2011.