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    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
   
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook
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AFST546 African Traditional Religion Interprets the Bible (4 cr.)


The course presupposes that most Bible commentaries and everyday written exposition of scriptural texts generally assume European and North American cultural thought patterns. This is quite evident in the much-accepted historical critical method. As an alternative to this way of interpretation, this course offers students a chance to investigate the African way of understanding biblical culture and milieu in terms of African culture and milieu. It investigates whether it is possible to arrive at concrete African hermeneutic principles. It asks how Africans read the Bible and profitably inculturate the ever-enduring biblical message into their existential situation without an historical critique of the biblical settings. It asks what Africans understand the Bible to say on issues such as marriage and the family, African contemporary culture, bride wealth, rites of passage, death, and rites of Incorporation into life after death.



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