‘THE PROVERB IS THE DRUM OF GOD’: ON THE USE OF AFRICAN PROVERBS IN THE INTERACTION BETWEEN AFRICAN CULTURE AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
AbstractAn African theology of inculturation needs to take into consideration the oral literature of the African people, including their rich treasure of proverbs. However, African proverbs have been largely neglected in situations where the Bible is studied and taught on this continent. This article is a plea for a revaluation of African proverbs in such situations. I first propose a theological framework within which the study of African proverbs in dialogue with the Christian faith fits. Then certain characteristics of (African) proverbs that make them suitable instruments for the dialogue between culture and faith are discussed. Finally, I explore some opportunities for using African proverbs when we read or teach the Bible in Africa.
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