Bible interpretation cannot be detached from the context(s) of contemporary Bible readers. Historically, Western biblical scholarship has placed itself atop the global interpretative hierarchy, limiting the issue of context to the ancient world of the Bible, while marginalizing the hermeneutical endeavors of the geopolitical South. In this volume, contributions from David Tuesday Adamo†, Jostein Ådna, Hendrik L. Bosman, Ntozakhe Simon Cezula, L. Juliana Claassens, Hans de Wit, Beth E. Elness-Hanson, Louis C. Jonker, Magnar Kartveit, Marta Høyland Lavik, Grant LeMarquand, Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele), Jesse N. K. Mugambi, Kenneth Ngwa, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala, Funlọla O. Ọlọjẹde, Fernando F. Segovia, Terje Stordalen, Charlene van der Walt, and Gerald O. West challenge traditional historical-critical views of contextual interpretation with readings of the Bible that enhance our understanding of the Bible in the ancient world as well as in the global South and the global North.
Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele) is professor of Old Testament Studies (Hebrew Bible) in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa), South Africa. She is the Executive Director in the Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa. She sits on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Biblical Literature. She is one of the associate editors of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. She is the author of How Worthy Is the Woman of Worth? Rereading Proverbs 31:10–31 (2004) and coeditor of Navigating African Biblical Hermeneutics: Trends and Themes from our Pots and our Calabashes (2018).
Marta Høyland Lavik is professor of Biblical Studies at Stavanger University Hospital and also holds positions as tenured professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway. She is a research fellow at Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is author of A People Tall and Smooth-Skinned: The Rhetoric of Isaiah 18 (2007).
Ntozakhe Simon Cezula is a Senior Lecturer of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) at the Department of Old and New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is a member of the research group Colloquium on Epistemology, Context, and Text, in Biblical Interpretation. He is the coeditor of Authorising “Authentic” African Readings of the Bible: Socially Engaged and Contextually Rooted (2022).
Tina Dykesteen Nilsen is Professor of Biblical Studies at VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway. She is a member of the research group Colloquium on Epistemology, Context, and Text, in Biblical Interpretation. Nilsen is the author of The Origins of Deuteronomy 32: Intertextuality, Memory, Identity (2018).
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