PAST THE GLORIOUS AGE: OLD TESTAMENT SCHOLARSHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA—ARE WE MOVING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO BLACKENING OLD TESTAMENT SCHOLARSHIP?

Hulisani Ramantswana

Abstract


Old Testament scholarship in South Africa has deepened, broadened, and evolved over the years; and various trails can be traced within it. The article interrogates whether Old Testament scholarship has passed the glorious age. The following issues are explored: First, the retirement of scholars in recent years as a signal of the coming to an end of the second-generation of Old Testament scholars in South Africa; second, the developments in black Old Testament scholarship as a trail which developed alongside white Old Testament scholarship; and third, the prospects of Old Testament scholarship from a decolonial perspective. This article argues that the future of Old Testament Scholarship in (South) Africa is in a blackening, that is, a redress process through broadening of the scholarship to reflect the continent in which it has to thrive.


Keywords


Old Testament Scholarship; South Africa; Africa; White; Margins; Blackening

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/119-3-1769

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