This book is a collection of essays that contribute to the debate on the contextual interpretation of scripture from an African context. The book engages biblical narratives from the lived experiences of Africans, insisting that meaning is attained only when people bring their daily experiences into their reading of scripture. The contributors examine the interaction of African peoples with the Bible in juxtaposition with the forces of colonialism, neocolonialism, patriarchy, war, and bad governance. This book gives voice to the lived experiences of African peoples in their quest for full expression of the profundity of their union with God by aiding them to unmask inhumanity and indignity.
Ferdinand Okorie is the vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
Mark Enemali teaches biblical studies at the Spiritan International School of Theology in Enugu, Nigeria.
Part I: Exploring the Prospect of Biblical Hermeneutics
Catholic Interpretation of Scripture: An Accumulated Wisdom
Donald Senior, CP
Where Shall Wisdom be Found? (Job 28:12)
Dianne Bergant, CSA
Paul and Early Christianity in Teaching and Ministry.
Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ
Part II: Context and Biblical Hermeneutics
African Feminist Approaches to the Bible: A New Oil with Which to Eat Words
Barbara E. Reid, OP
God, Women, and Point of View in the Abraham and Jacob Narratives
MarySylvia Nwachukwu, DDL
Reading Pentateuchal Ancestral Narratives in the Context of Community Identity in Africa
Luke Emehiele Ijezie
Hearing and Reading the “Rebuilding” Voice of the Prophet Haggai 1:1-11 in the Context of African Christianity
Michael Ufok Udoekpo.
Tobit’s Almsgiving as a Model of Missionary Availability
Mark Enemali, CSSp
Earth, Cosmology, and Context in the Book of Revelation
Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
Finding Meaning Within a Context: Scripture and Faith
James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp: A Selected Bibliography of his Publications
The authors contributing to Bible, Interpretation, and Context offer scholarly and creative studies regarding the intersection of biblical and present-day African contexts and issues. In the process, they provide solid principles and examples of biblical interpretation for contextual theologizing. These chapters by highly regarded African and non-African biblical scholars are a tasty feast for those interested in biblical interpretation, contextual theology, and African studies. This volume also serves well as a very appropriate recognition of the excellent work of James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp, as a scholar, administrator, mentor, and pastor.
This book is a splendid collection of essays and a marvelous tribute to a splendid scholar and splendid human being. Every essay probes the connection between the biblical text and African context, making it a valuable exercise in contextual biblical interpretation, both in content as well as in method. These pages clearly demonstrate that African biblical scholarship has truly come of age, in large part because of the pioneering work of James Chukwuma Okoye.
This collection of essays, a major statement by esteemed scholars and colleagues of James Chukwuma Okoye, reveals Okoye's passion for the Bible and biblical interpretation. The contributions take the expert and the ordinary reader through cultural hermeneutics, feminist hermeneutics, and more, the role of Scripture in the Church, and its impact in the African context. One cannot ignore the insight, profound wisdom, and the knowledge packed in these pages. A well written and delightful read.
Even as it honors James Chukwuma Okoye’s scholarly and ministerial legacy, this remarkable, purposefully curated collection kindles the hermeneutical impulse to engage the Bible in ways that affirm and celebrate African cultural experience, wisdom, and memory. A bridge is laid down for more mutually enriching and mutually critical pathways to inculturation.