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Reading the book of Daniel in an African context: the issue of leadership.

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dc.contributor.advisor Spangenberg, I. J. J. (Izak J. J.) Lawman Mourna, Esaie De-S Ia 2014-08-21T13:39:18Z 2014-08-21T13:39:18Z 2014-08-21 2013-10
dc.identifier.citation Lawman Mourna, Esaie De-S Ia (2014) Reading the book of Daniel in an African context: the issue of leadership., University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description en
dc.description.abstract This thesis concerns the issues of leadership in the African context, but it derives its emphasis from the stories in Daniel 1–6 in the Old Testament, in order to comment on leadership styles, competencies, skills and the state of leadership in Africa. It is a reading from a specific context, that of someone living in present times in the Republic of Chad. The research focused mainly on the following issues: What can we learn from the stories concerning leadership in Daniel 1–6? Who are the leaders in these chapters? What is the quality of their leadership? In trying to answer these questions, the researcher had to consider the following: How was the book read and interpreted in the past? How is it currently interpreted? Looking at past research, the focus fell on: (1) the pre-critical period, (2) the historical-critical period, and (3) the period in which modern literary studies abound. Following the research history a personal reading and interpretation of the stories in Daniel 1–6 are presented. A narrative analysis is carried out and the plots of the different stories are analysed according to the quinary scheme (the initial situation, the complication, transforming action, the denouement and the final situation). The focus falls on the narrator’s presentation of the main characters and what readers can learn from these stories about leadership. Although there is attention to how scholars in the past and present have interpreted the Book of Daniel, the researcher tries to present a new interpretation by carrying out a contextual reading focusing on leadership. This aspect did not receive much attention in previous research. What is gained by this reading is then applied to the situation in the modern Republic of Chad. First, there is a detailed study of current writing by scholars as well as what they are saying about leadership. Following this, the African and Chadian contexts are considered. The final chapter synthesises all the issues that have been discussed. en
dc.format.extent 1 electronic resource (245 leaves): illustrations en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African Christianity en
dc.subject African continent en
dc.subject Leadership in Africa en
dc.subject Leadership in the Republic of Chad en
dc.subject The history of Chad en
dc.subject African Protestantism en
dc.subject colonisation (impact) en
dc.subject The Book of Daniel en
dc.subject Historical-critical studies en
dc.subject The Maccabean hypothesis en
dc.subject Missionary influences en
dc.subject Modern literary approaches en
dc.subject Narrative criticism en
dc.subject Pre-critical readings of Daniel en
dc.subject Quinary scheme en
dc.subject Reception history en
dc.subject Daniel and leadership en
dc.subject.ddc 224.5077
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. O.T. Daniel
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- O.T. -- Daniel -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
dc.subject.lcsh Leardership in the Bible
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership -- Africa
dc.title Reading the book of Daniel in an African context: the issue of leadership. en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Biblical and Ancient Studies en D.Th. (Old Testament)

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