Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Publication Title

HTS: Theological Studies

Keywords

New Testament, Zimbabwe, agrarian lifestyle, Christianity, Africa

Abstract

This article aims to critique western understanding of New Testament times. Most of the historical reconstructions done in the West are based on what biblical scholars have learned through primary and secondary written sources, occasionally from archaeological findings. The article recounts the author’s experiences at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Students who themselves live in agrarian, technologically undeveloped rural areas, convinced her to return to Africa in order to travel with them and learn for herself how they relate to an economically poor lifestyle of two thousand years ago. As a result, the article argues that the ordinary in Africa should be seen as extraordinary from a western worldview and completes a full circle by being in the context of New Testament times.

First Page

239

Last Page

247

Volume

60

Issue

1-2

Original Citation

Jackson, Glenna S. "Rebel Soldiers as Good Samaritans: New Testament Parables in an African Content." HTS: Theological Studies 60: 1-2 (Mar/Jun 2004), 239-247.

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Publisher's Version

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