REREADING THE DAVID-MEPHIBOSHETH NARRATIVE FROM A PASTORAL HERMENEUTICAL PERSPECTIVE: A SOCIAL MODEL

Temba Rugwiji

Abstract


People with disabilities have experienced varying degrees of acceptance throughout
recorded history.2 This paper articulates that modern societies tend to discriminate
against people with disabilities whom they perceive as incapacitated to do what
non-disabled people can do. Not many biblical scholars have attempted to
appropriate Mephibosheth’s deformity with disability phenomena in our modern
society today. This article argues that the biblical narrative about Mephibotheth’s
deformity should inform members of the public to be proactive by responding
positively to people with disabilities in our modern society. The narrative is reread
from a pastoral hermeneutical perspective in which a social model of disability is
employed to explore the ambivalence associated with disability in our society today.
In the final analysis, I will make recommendations towards emancipation of people
with disabilities.

Keywords


Rereading; Mephibosheth; Disability; Society; Social Model

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/109-0-126

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