A Contextual Reading of the Bible in the Light of New Evangelization in Northern Nigeria

Paul Danbaki Jatau
Keywords: Bible, Politics, HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Christians
Tropical Journal of Arts and Humanities 2019 1(2), 17-25. Published: February 1, 2020


Abstract

The centrality of the Bible in African Christianity is beyond dispute. Africans no longer engage in transactions with the Bible as an alien document. They own, study and pray with it. The most fundamental discussion about the relationship between the Bible and the socio-economic and political life of the people results from how humanity has reached a point where problems such as the evil activities of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups, oppression, violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS threatens its very survival. Hence, this paper attempts to carry out a contextual reading of the Bible to see how the historical record entailing socio-economic, religious and political affairs that tell of the relationship between Yahweh and the people of Israel can be appreciat ed and appropriated by Christians in Northern Nigeria. Specifically, this work is a reading of Psalm 137:4 in Hausa in order to show how it relates to the peoples‟ sitz im leben. It is argued that if the Bible is read contextually, evangelization would be more appreciated and enhanced.