SPELLING THE FAITH OR COPING WITH BIBLICAL LITERACY? INTRODUCING 19TH CENTURY BASOTHO CHRISTIANS

Maarman Sam Tshehla

Abstract


Can the Christian faith be spelt out as though it were a word? What does literacy or
lack thereof have to do with belief and/or the Bible? What does “reading” the Bible
really entail? What did baruti conceive of thuto in relation to their Basotho
converts? How did nineteenth century Basotho literati cope with these questions?
How does the New Testament witness relate to these issues? These questions lie in
the background of the ensuing exploration. My approach is circumlocutory, and I
have no delusions about the provisionality of my observations. I only trust that I do
some justice to the newspaper articles that to my mind urged this paper.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/91-0-1105

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