BLACK BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS AND IDEOLOGICALLY AWARE READING OF TEXTS

EB Farisani

Abstract



This paper examines the role of Black Biblical hermeneutics in the development and
propagation of Black theology and then goes on to argue for a sociological analysis of
biblical texts as a preferred methodological approach for Black theology to effectively
unearth the ideologies imbedded in biblical texts. Accordingly, this paper proposes a
sociological analysis of Biblical texts. The above stated focus of this paper will be done in
the following four stages. First, this paper provides a brief sketch of the emergence of
Black theology and the role of Black biblical hermeneutics in support of the struggle of
Black people against oppression in South Africa. Second, the paper discusses Mosala�s
critique of Black theology and Black biblical hermeneutics. Third, the paper discusses
reconstruction theology and its ideologically unaware reading of biblical texts. Finally, the
paper spells out the role of Black Biblical hermeneutics in the current post-Apartheid South
Africa. This is where the contribution of a sociological analysis/reading of biblical text will
be spelt out as the preferred methodological approach for Black theology in the current
post Apartheid context.

Keywords


Black Theology, Reconstruction Theology, Ideology, Hermeneutics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/105-0-169

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