THE NARRATIVES OF ORIGIN AND MIGRATION OF THE TIV PEOPLE (OF NIGERIA) AS AN INDIGENOUS INTERPRETIVE RESOURCE FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS

Jonathan T. Weor

Abstract


Gerald West has drawn the attention of Biblical scholars in Africa to the usefulness
of indigenous reading resources in Africa. This essay will take as its point of
departure West’s persuasive argument that indigenous interpretive resources can
enrich the interpretive work of trained biblical scholars. The essay will attempt to
show how narratives of the origin and migration of the Tiv people from the Swem
Mountain in Cameroon to north central Nigeria influence and elucidate their
understanding and interpretation of the origin and religion of the people of Israel.
Specifically, the essay will show how this understanding further influenced the Tiv
people’s interpretation of the book of Exodus. Suggestions will be made on how
Biblical scholars in Nigeria could utilize this interpretive resource in their reading
encounter with those that West describes as ordinary readers of Tiv extraction.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1076

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