Farisani, Elelwani B. “The Ideologically Biased Use of Ezra–Nehemiah in a Quest for an African Theology of Reconstruction.” In Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations, edited by Musa W. Dube, Andrew M. Mbuvi, and Dora Mbuwayesango, 331–47. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.
AbstractThis volume foregrounds biblical interpretation within the African history of colonial contact, from North Atlantic slavery to the current era of globalization. It reads of the prolonged struggle for justice and of hybrid identities from multifaceted contexts, where the Bible co-exists with African Indigenous Religions, Islam, and other religions. Showcasing the dynamic and creative approaches of an emerging and thriving community of biblical scholarship from the African continent and African diaspora, the volume critically examines the interaction of biblical texts with African people and their cultures within a postcolonial framework. While employing feminist/womanist, postcolonial, Afrocentric, social engagement, creative writing, reconstruction, and HIV/AIDS perspectives, the authors all engage with empire in their own ways: in specific times, forms, and geography. This volume is an important addition to postcolonial and empires studies in biblical scholarship. The contributors are David Tuesday Adamo, Lynn Darden, H. J. M. (Hans) van Deventer, Musa W. Dube, John D. K. Ekem, Ernest M. Ezeogu, Elelwani B. Farisani, Sylvester A. Johnson, Emmanuel Katongole, Malebogo Kgalemang, Temba L. J. Mafico, Madipoane Masenya (ngwan'a Mphahlele), Andrew M. Mbuvi, Sarojini Nadar, Elivered Nasambu-Mulongo, Jeremy Punt, Gerrie Snyman, Lovemore Togarasei, Sam Tshehla, Robert Wafawanaka, Robert Wafula, Gerald West, Alice Y. Yafeh-Deigh, and Gosnell L. Yorke.
Gathogo, Julius M. “African Theology of Reconstruction as a Practical Theology for All.” Practical Theology in South Africa = Praktiese Teologie in Suid-Afrika 24, no. 2 (2009): 99–121.
AbstractThe article sets out to demonstrate, through a historical survey, the "practical" nature of African theology of reconstruction. By practical, it means that it is an all-inclusive theology for all, which is pastorally sensitive to the plight of the "other" - in the post-colonial Africa. In its methodology, the article surveys the Biblical and historical background of the Jewish people who are metaphorically compared with the African peoples. It then analyses cold war and its implication for reconstruction in the Africa of the 21st century. Seen from a comparative analysis, the article attempts to show that in both Jewish and African context, the "post-exilic" people of God have to build on the framework of inclusivity as opposed to exclusivity - as we undertake the all-important task of rebuilding the society; as pre-exilic injuries can only be "treated" holistically and pastorally. In post-apartheid or post-colonial Africa, a theology of reconstruction provides this opportunity for healing. As a pastoral duty, Africa now has a chance to reconstruct herself holistically.
Gathogo, Julius M. “Liberation and Reconstruction in the Works of J. N. K. Mugambi: A Critical Analysis in African Theology.” PhD diss., University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2007.
AbstractThe article sets out to demonstrate African reconstructive Christology as the seventh Christological trend in African Christianity. Considering that African theology is kerygmatically universal, but theologically provincial, the study shows that Christology in our contemporary Africa can be best understood by retracing it from the early Christological controversies through to the present times. Certainly, African Christology in the 21st century is dominated by calls for contextualisation, indigenisation, rebirth, inculturation, renewal, rejuvenation, renaissance and reconstruction. To this end, the article endeavours to demonstrate that Christ, the ideal reconstructionist, the one who broke the cultural codes of his time in order to reconstruct the society, is the relevant model to our contemporary world. The article draws its theoretical framework from the works of Jesse Mugambi, Kä Mana, and Wachege, amongst other proponents of reconstructive motif in African theology. In its methodology, the article first attempts to identify some early Christological developments through to the contemporary trends. It subsequently attempts a survey of the six Christological trends of the 20th century; that is a Christological trend that commits itself to interpreting and adapting Christology to modern mentality and situation; Christologies geared exclusively to the historical Jesus; Christology that tends to uphold the Trinitarian theology; Christologies based on the proclaimed Christ and the historical Jesus; Asian Christologies of inculturation and liberation; and African Christologies of inculturation and liberation. Afterwards, it analyses Christological trends of the 21st century where a seventh dimension, African reconstructive Christology, has become the norm. In so doing, the article builds on the premise that the primary task of African Christology today is restoration.
Loba-Mkole, Jean-Claude. “Bible Translation and Reconstruction Hermeneutics.” Acta Patristica et Byzantina 20, no. 1 (2009): 28–44.
AbstractThe role that Africa has played in the history of Bible translation since the event of the LXX is impressive. Yet, there is still a lot that Africa can contribute to Bible translation theory and practice. Following a previous study on this topic (Loba- Mkole 2008), this paper attempts to articulate how African theology of reconstruction can contribute to enhance new ways of understanding and doing Bible translation in Africa. Jesse N. K. Mugambi remains one of the most known proponents of reconstruction theology in Africa. The first section of the present study seeks to appreciate Mugambi's contribution in the light of other similar writings, especially those from Kinshasa school of theology and Charles Villa-Vicencio from South Africa. Generally speaking, reconstruction paradigm is meant to rebuild all sectors of life in Africa, including Church ministries of which Bible translation constitutes an integral part. The second part will point out areas in which reconstruction paradigm is able to contribute specifically in the field of Bible translation.
Manus, Ukachukwu C., and Ukachukwu Chris Manus. Intercultural Hermeneutics in Africa: Methods and Approaches. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2003.
Mugambi, Jesse N. K. “The Future of the Church and the Church of the Future.” In The Church of Africa: Towards a Theology of Reconstruction, edited by All Africa Conference of Churches, 29–50. Nairobi: All Africa Conference of Churches, 1991.
Mwase, Isaac T. “The Post-Exile Motif in Mugambi’s Theology of Reconstruction.” In Theologies of Liberation and Reconstruction, edited by Eunice Kamaara, Jesse N. K. Mugambi, and Isaac T. Mwase, 198–223. Nairobi, Kenya: Acton Publishers, 2012.
Abstract"Essays in honour of Professor J.N.K. Mugambi, Ph. D."
The author of Globalisation and churches is Margaret G. Gecaga.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Content: Theology of reconstruction / J.N.K. Mugambi -- Remarks of SNTS president 1999-2000 / Hans-Dieter Betz -- Remarks of SNTS president 1998-1999 / Peder Borgen -- Reconstructing Paul's teaching / Daniel M. Patte -- Post-liberation theology : a critical appreciation / Julius M. Gathogo -- The reconstruction paradigm in Mugambi's theology / Valentin Dedji -- Bible translation and reconstruction hermeneutics / Jean-Claude Loba-Mkole -- African religious scholarship as the context of Mugambi's works / Isaac M.T. Mwase -- The post-exile motif in Mugambi's theology of reconstruction / Elelwani B. Farisani -- Ethiopian identity in light of liberation thinking / Mohammed Girma -- Church-state relations in theology of reconstruction / Mika Vähäkangas -- From religious to interreligious studies in East Aftica / Frans Wijsen -- African perspectives on the "whole household of God" (oikos) / Ernst Conradie -- Gender empowerment in Africa / Eunice K. Kamaara -- Globalisation and churches / Margaret M. Gecaga -- Secularisation: the case of Eldoret / Hazel Anyanga -- God's basic needs strategy / Christoph Stückelberger -- A personal appreciation / Michael R. Guy -- Creation and salvation in the theologies of liberation and reconstruction / J.N.K. Mugambi.
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