Abstract

The growth of Christian churches in Africa has given rise to diverse interpretations and uses of the Bible. This article examines three uses of the Bible in Africa: as a source of historical information ("specimen"), as a religious or magical object ("talisman"), and as a source of guidance for life ("dragoman"). It employs interpretations of the book of Psalms and of 1 Cor 12–14 to exemplify this brief taxonomy. While challenging the apparent hegemony of Western methodologies in the guild, it also raises points of concern about some African uses of Scripture.

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