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The stolen Bible : from tool of imperialism to African icon

Author: Gerald O West
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Series: Biblical interpretation series, v. 144.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Stolen Bible tells the story of how Southern Africans have interacted with the Bible from its arrival in Dutch imperial ships in the mid-1600s through to contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. The Stolen Bible emphasises African agency and distinguishes between African receptions of the Bible and African receptions of missionary-colonial Christianity. Through a series of detailed historical, geographical, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
West, Gerald O., auihor.
Stolen Bible.
Boston : Brill, 2016
(DLC) 2016019339
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald O West
ISBN: 9789004322752 9004322752
OCLC Number: 945029760
Description: vii, 626 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the distinct Bible --
Prologue: the African Bible --
The African Bible: Mediterranean North Africa --
The African Bible: Coptic, Nubian, and Ethiopian North Africa --
The Imperial Bible: sub-Saharan or tropical Africa --
The Imperial Bible --
The empires' Bibles: Portuguese East Africa and Dutch South Africa --
The folk Bible: religion at sea --
The constrained Bible: bartering cattle --
The prescribed Bible: the role of the sick-comforter --
The retributive Bible: towards seizing African cattle --
The mundane Bible: company rhythms at the Cape --
The indigenous Bible: land and cattle as religion --
The local Bible: religions of extraction and subsistence --
The irrupting Bible: religion in an African context --
The revealed Bible --
The bartered Bible: trader-missionary travellers --
The covered Bible: Burchell's visit --
The uncovered Bible: Campbell's visit --
The probed Bible: conversations with Mothibi --
The dislocated Bible --
The unsettled Bible: negotiating place --
The relocated Bible: Hamilton's mundane mission --
The embroiled Bible: Hamilton manages the mission --
The eternal Bible: Hamilton's message --
The disruptive Bible: an unstable interior --
The observed Bible: the African gaze --
The translated Bible --
The theological Bible: Moffat's message --
The vernacular Bible: Moffat's language labours --
The military Bible: Moffat's mixed message --
The short and simple Bible: Moffat's ABC --
The (m)aligned Bible: Moffat's temporal and eternal message --
The instructive Bible: Moffat's mode of translation --
The appropriated Bible --
The cultural Bible: African culture as Africa's old testament --
The liberating Bible: Isaiah Shembe's Bible --
The oral/aural Bible: Shembe's law --
The re-written Bible: Shembe's teaching --
The liturgical Bible: maidens performing the Bible --
The communal Bible: corporate interpretation --
The contested Bible --
The trustworthy Bible: the book of hope --
The ideological Bible: the oppressive voices of the Bible --
The black Bible: what it means 'to have' the Bible --
The Africans' Bible: other African theologies --
The embodied Bible --
The Marabi Bible: corporate preachings of the Bible --
The sung Bible: the cadences of death --
Mbuli's Bible: re-citing the Bible --
The HIV Bible: the wages of sin and a word of hope --
The AIDS Bible: the beast in the Bible --
The narrative Bible: African commentary in art --
The apocalyptic Bible: the 'son of man' in South Africa --
The public Bible --
The RDP Bible: the Bible re-enters the public realm --
Mbeki's Bible: separating the moral and economic spheres --
The church theology Bible: after prophetic theology --
Mandela's Bible: Mandela's Methodism --
The ANC Bible: the RDP of the soul --
Zuma's Bible: a more popular religion --
Ramaphosa's Bible: the re-redeployed Bible --
Epilogue: the iconic Bible --
The football fans' Bible: conjuring the Bible --
Abahlali's Bible: the Bible among the social movements --
The people's Bible: getting the cattle back.
Series Title: Biblical interpretation series, v. 144.
Responsibility: by Gerald O. West.

Abstract:

The Stolen Bible tells the story of how Southern Africans have interacted with the Bible from its arrival in Dutch imperial ships in the mid-1600s through to contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. The Stolen Bible emphasises African agency and distinguishes between African receptions of the Bible and African receptions of missionary-colonial Christianity. Through a series of detailed historical, geographical, and hermeneutical case-studies the book analyses Southern African receptions of the Bible, including the earliest African encounters with the Bible, the translation of the Bible into an African language, the appropriation of the Bible by African Independent Churches, the use of the Bible in the Black liberation struggle, and the ways in which the Bible is embodied in the lives of ordinary Africans. (Publisher).

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