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Re-reading 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in Tanzanian contexts: towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Dyk, P. J.
dc.contributor.author Muneja, Mussa Simon
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-26T10:02:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-26T10:02:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10
dc.identifier.citation Muneja, Mussa Simon (2011) Re-reading 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in Tanzanian contexts: towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4851> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4851
dc.description.abstract It is arguably clear that the AIDS epidemic has infected and affected our world in radical ways. Although every sector, including Biblical Studies, has come to its ‘senses’, by realising the urgency to respond; there still appears to be inadequate contextual engagement with the biblical text to stimulate empowering and transformative readings of the Bible. This case study is aimed at contributing to scholarship by determining the extent to which the church, the academy and Persons with HIV have adhered to stigmatising interpretations. The theoretical framework used, was the reader response method as applied within the context of African theology because it is socially located. The data was collected through focus groups and personal interviews. The purposive sampling included 70 participants, who were divided into three key categories: academic theologians, university students and persons with HIV. All participants in the study re-read 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in order to ascertain if the characters therein could be relevant to the context of AIDS. The overall findings showed that characters from 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 can provide an empowering message in the context of AIDS. Although this biblical text has often been misused to promote stigma, this study confirmed that it was nonetheless possible to use the same text to unearth redemptive and empowering interpretations. Therefore the study recommends that the move towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics invites socially engaged scholars along with ordinary readers to read the text together for transformative purposes. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 273 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Biblical interpretation en
dc.subject Contextualisation en
dc.subject Reader response en
dc.subject Feminist interpretation en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject Qualitative study en
dc.subject 2 Samuel 13-14 en
dc.subject Liberation theology en
dc.subject Ordinary readers
dc.subject.ddc 222.43077
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. -- O.T. -- Samuel, 1st, XIII,1-XIV,33 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. -- O.T. -- Samuel, 1st, XIII,1-XIV,33 -- Homiletical use.
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- Pastoral counseling of
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh HIV infections -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh HIV infections -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoral counseling -- Tanzania
dc.title Re-reading 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in Tanzanian contexts: towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
dc.description.degree D. Div. (Old Testament)


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