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Title:'Liberating the word': one African feminist reading of Matthew 23
Author:Dube, M.W.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:21
Issue:2
Pages:245-267
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:missionary history
Bible
feminism
religion
liberation theology
feminist theology
Abstract:Biblical texts are assumed by communities that use them to be authoritative texts that should guide human relations positively. The phrase 'liberating the word', originating among biblical feminists, however, suggests two issues: first, it points to inherent limitations of the biblical scriptures; second, it places an ethical call on the reader/interpreter to take responsibility for liberating the word. Drawing from her experience as a Tswana African woman, the author analyses Matthew 23, which she reads as colonizing rhetoric of suppressing the Other. She discusses this text in the context of the colonial missionary approach in Africa, which was characterized by condemnation of all that was unfamiliar and a celebration of European culture. She argues that this approach was also scripturally informed. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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