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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible A richly illustrated account of the story of the Bible written by leading scholars.

The Bible and Other African Intertexts

The Bible is only one of the sacred or classic texts that Africa has or has encountered. Besides the many sacred oral ‘texts’ of indigenous African religions, Africa has received the Koran and, to a lesser extent, the sacred texts of Hinduism. The encounter between Africa and each of these sacred texts has always been an encounter with the oral ‘texts’ of African traditional religions, and while African biblical scholarship has been slow to explore these transactions explicitly, African theological scholarship has not.

Besides an examination of the transactions between the Bible and sacred indigenous oral ‘texts’, the transactions between the more recently arrived sacred texts themselves is beginning to be investigated. In those parts of Africa where Christianity and Islam substantially encounter each other this task cannot be ignored, and some analysis and reflection is being done. However, the challenge remains in those areas (like South Africa) where Christianity is overwhelmingly dominant. How we should go about this task is an important question, and while we will have to find our own ways of proceeding, the rich experience of Asian biblical scholarship in this regard may be of use.

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