READING DEUTERONOMY 22:22 IN JOHN 8:1-11: A CONTEXTUAL READING FROM AN AFRICAN-URHOBO PERSPECTIVE

John Arierhi Ottuh

Abstract


This paper focuses on reading Deuteronomy 22:22 in John 8:1-11 within the cultural context of the Urhobo people of Nigeria. Using a feminist hermeneutics approach, the aim of this paper is to examine how Deuteronomy 22:22 and John 8:1-11 constitute injustice to and oppression of women. The texts resonate with the Urhobo cultural narrative on sexuality in the similarity of treatment accorded women and men in both cultural milieus: the narrative of women’s ordeals are established by the fact that women are accorded low status in both cultural settings. Drawing on existing literature and the selected texts, several nuances such as grammar, enactment and implementation, historical distortion and differing of intentions in Deuteronomy 22:22 and John 8:1-11 are also identified.


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Deuteronomy 22:22; John 8:1-11; Contextualisation; African-Urhobo; Women; Men

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/118-1-1522

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