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Divining the woman of Endor : African culture, postcolonial hermeneutics, and the politics of Biblical translation

Author: J Kabamba Kiboko
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017. ©2017
Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, 644.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An examination of the language of divination in the Hebrew Bible, particularly in 1 Samuel 28:3-25-the oft-called "Witch of Endor" passage. Kiboko contends that much of the vocabulary of divination in this passage and beyond has been mistranslated in authorized English and other translations used in Africa and in scholarly writings. Kiboko argues that the woman of Endor is not a witch. The woman of Endor is,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Kiboko, J. Kabamba.
Divining the woman of Endor.
New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017
(DLC) 2016049807
Named Person: Witch of Endor, (Biblical figure); M M Bakhtin; M M Bakhtin; Witch of Endor, (Biblical figure)
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Kabamba Kiboko
ISBN: 9780567673695 0567673693 9780567673688 0567673685
OCLC Number: 962172071
Description: 1 online resource (xxxi, 278 pages).
Contents: Prologue: A man-woman from the Disanga reads the Bible from a post-colonial place --
Introduction: Translating divination and crossing the Disanga of life and the beyond --
Cross-dressing method: Translation at the Disanga of theory --
Locating a path through the jungle of divination: Divination, witchcraft, and ideology in the ancient Near East, Europe, and Africa --
Crossing the Disanga of life and beyond in the Hebrew Bible: a Bakhtinian word study of the language of divination --
The literary context: Reading 1 Samuel 28 through a feminist Musanga contextual/cultural Lens --
1 Samuel 28 at the Disanga: Three inculturated-liberation translations for the African church --
Meeting at the Disanga of divination: Conclusions and implications --
Epilogue: Lessons learned at the Disanga.
Series Title: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, 644.
Responsibility: J. Kabamba Kiboko.

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"An examination of the language of divination in the Hebrew Bible, particularly in 1 Samuel 28:3-25-the oft-called "Witch of Endor" passage. Kiboko contends that much of the vocabulary of divination in this passage and beyond has been mistranslated in authorized English and other translations used in Africa and in scholarly writings. Kiboko argues that the woman of Endor is not a witch. The woman of Endor is, rather, a diviner, much like other ancient Near Eastern and modern African diviners. She resists an inner-biblical conquest theology and a monologic authoritarian view of divination to assist King Saul by various means, including invoking the spirit of a departed person, Samuel. Kiboko carries out a Hebrew word-study shaped by the theories of Mikhail M. Bakhtin regarding the utterance, heteroglossia, and dialogism in order to understand the designative, connotative, emotive, and associative meanings of the many divinatory terms in the Hebrew Bible. She then examines 1 Samuel 28 and a number of prior translations thereof, using the ideological framework of African-feminist-postcolonial biblical interpreters and translation theories to uncover the hidden ideology or transcript of these translations. Finally, using African contextual/cultural hermeneutics and cross-cultural translation theory, Kiboko offers new English, French, and Kisanga translations of this passage that are both faithful to the original text and more appropriate to an inculturated-liberation African Christian hermeneutic, theology, and praxis."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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