Rereading the Bible: a Dialogue With Women Theologians From Latin America, Africa and Asia

Rereading the Bible: a Dialogue With Women Theologians From Latin America, Africa and Asia REREADING THE BIBLE: A DIALOGUE WITH WOMEN THEOLOGIANS FROM LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA AND ASIA Dorothea Erbele-Küster To read the Bible as Motswana African woman is to read a Western book and to relive painful equation of Christianity with civilization.1 Is the Bible a western or a universal book? Is it a patriarchal book or does it also have a liberating message for women? The Bible is still a unifying source of Christian theology across cultural borders, not in the last place thanks to its presupposed authority. But its very concept of authority gets questioned in multicultural and multireligious contexts with a plurality of holy scriptures. At the same time the biblical canon is vigorously under dis- cussion because of its androcentric character. These issues bearing in mind, I will portray in this article women theolo- gians from three different continents. Elsa Tamez, a Mexican (born 1950), is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Universidad Biblico Latinoamericano in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mercy Amba Oduyoye, born in Ghana in 1934, has worked for the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva and the Afri- can Conference of Churches (ACC). She was on several occasions a visiting scholar in Europe http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Exchange Brill

Rereading the Bible: a Dialogue With Women Theologians From Latin America, Africa and Asia

Exchange, Volume 32 (4): 310 – Jan 1, 2003

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Brill
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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0166-2740
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10.1163/157254303X00253
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REREADING THE BIBLE: A DIALOGUE WITH WOMEN THEOLOGIANS FROM LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA AND ASIA Dorothea Erbele-Küster To read the Bible as Motswana African woman is to read a Western book and to relive painful equation of Christianity with civilization.1 Is the Bible a western or a universal book? Is it a patriarchal book or does it also have a liberating message for women? The Bible is still a unifying source of Christian theology across cultural borders, not in the last place thanks to its presupposed authority. But its very concept of authority gets questioned in multicultural and multireligious contexts with a plurality of holy scriptures. At the same time the biblical canon is vigorously under dis- cussion because of its androcentric character. These issues bearing in mind, I will portray in this article women theolo- gians from three different continents. Elsa Tamez, a Mexican (born 1950), is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Universidad Biblico Latinoamericano in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mercy Amba Oduyoye, born in Ghana in 1934, has worked for the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva and the Afri- can Conference of Churches (ACC). She was on several occasions a visiting scholar in Europe

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