Biblical Hermeneutics

My encyclopaedia article, written together with Benno van den Toren and Elizabeth Mburu, entitled “Biblical Hermeneutics” has now been published in the Bibliographical Encyclopaedia of African Theology. 29 January 2021.


The Bible has been read in Africa since the time of the early church. Indeed, the history of Christianity in Africa could be written as the story of African readers understanding, translating, interpreting, explaining and applying its teachings. This article, however, limits itself to the most recent part of that story: the main developments that have taken place in the area of African biblical hermeneutics since the middle of the twentieth century.