GENESIS 50:15-21 AND ITS CHALLENGES TO THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS IN AFRICA

Emmanuel O Nwaoru

Abstract



In the face of seeming irreconcilable conflicts the world over, especially in some African
countries, this article sets out to establish through a close reading of Gen 50:15-21 that
permanent reconciliation between conflicting parties is achievable, as it was between
Joseph and his bothers. It delineates from context a wide range of processes and effective
strategies that leads to reconciliation, namely inspirational mediation, good timing for
open and face-to-face dialogue, capacity to address contentious issues properly and
conclusively, without mitigating the gravity of crime and its natural consequences, the
magnanimity of the victim to let go, the courage of the offender to accept guilt, and a good
theological motif. On the contrary, it discovers that lack of concrete and visible windfall of
reconciliation can hinder achieving full settlement.

Keywords


Genesis, Brother, Reconciliation, Guilt, Bond

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/104-0-178

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