Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 496840
Sist endret: 16. februar 2021, 10:51

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 496840
Sist endret: 16. februar 2021, 10:51
Prosjekt

Potentials and problems of popular inculturation hermeneutics in Maasai biblical interpretation

prosjektleder

Knut Holter
ved Fakultet for teologi, diakoni og ledelsesfag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Klassifisering

Vitenskapsdisipliner

Teologi og religionsvitenskap

Emneord

Bibelen. GT • Bibelsk hermeneutikk • Maasai

Kategorier

Prosjektkategori

  • Doktorgradsprosjekt
  • Grunnforskning

Tidsramme

Avsluttet
Start: 1. august 2014 Slutt: 30. juli 2018

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse

Tittel

Potentials and problems of popular inculturation hermeneutics in Maasai biblical interpretation

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag

Religion plays significant roles in contemporary African societies and cultures. Positively, it may facilitate liberation and development. Negatively, it may cement oppression and marginalization. Christianity is part of this picture, as the 20th century made Christianity an African religion and the Bible, i.e. the key document of Christianity, an African book. The Bible is approached from a wide range of perspectives in Africa, often, however, with a more or less explicit sensitivity to the relationship between the ancient texts and the socio-cultural context of the reading communities. This contextual sensitivity is found both at the grassroots levels of ordinary readers and the academic levels of critical scholars.

The present research project approac hes this field with an analysis of 'potentials' (for liberation and development) and 'problems' (of oppression and marginalization) in popular interpretation of the Bible amongst the Maasai. The project obtains many of its questions and much of its material from the biblical interpretation of this traditionally semi-nomadic people of East Africa, but the Maasai experiences with the Bible are constantly being related to the wider African context. As such the project serves both as an illustrative case study and as a theory development study of a key factor of one of the most striking examples of religious change in modern time.

The project consists of three sub-projects: (i) an empirical study asking to what extent biblical ideals of nomadic life can str engthen the traditional nomadic identity of the Maasai, (ii) an empirical study asking to what extent oppressive gender structures in the biblical texts tend to strengthen oppressive structures in the Maasai tradition, and (iii) a theory study relating th e Maasai experiences and concerns to postcolonial theory. 

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

The primary objective of the project is to understand how the Maasai of East Africa express their encounter with the Bible, often taken to represent the kind of modernity that is threatening certain traditional Maasai values, but also experienced as a possible facilitator for fighting oppressive societal and cultural structures. Secondary objective: This will be achieved in two ways: 1) By three subprojects: (i) an empirical study asking to what extent biblical ideals of nomadic life can strengthen the traditional nomadic i dentity of the Maasai, (ii) an empirical study asking to what extent oppressive gender structures in the biblical tradition tend to strengthen oppressive structures in the Maasai tradition, and (iii) a theory study on postcolonial concerns. 2) By a focus, in all three studies, on theory development: The main question is how the traditionally quite optimistic inculturation hermeneutics may be challenged and balanced by more critical perspectives from gender and postcolonial theory.

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder
Aktiv cristin-person

Knut Holter

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Fakultet for teologi, diakoni og ledelsesfag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
Aktiv cristin-person

Beth E. Elness-Hanson

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Senter for misjon og globale studier ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Zephania Shila Nkesela

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Senter for misjon og globale studier ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Hoyce Mbowe

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Senter for misjon og globale studier ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
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Resultater Resultater

Abraham's solution to the land crisis in Genesis 13:8-9.

Nkesela, Zephania Shila. 2020, Acton Publishers. VIDFaglig kapittel

Reading Genesis 1:27 with Maasai research participants.

Mbowe, Hoyce. 2020, Acton Publishers. VIDFaglig kapittel

YHWH in the KiMaasai Bible.

Elness-Hanson, Beth E.. 2020, Acton Publishers. VID, JTHVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

The Maasai and the ancient Israelites: Religio-cultural parallels.

Holter, Knut. 2020, Acton Publishers. VIDVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

Context of a contextual project on the Maasai and the Bible.

Holter, Knut. 2020, Acton Publishers. VIDInnledning
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