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“HIV/AIDS and the Bible in Tanzania: A Contextual Re-Reading of 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33
  • Mussa Simom Muneja

It is arguably clear that the AIDS epidemic has infected and affected our world in radical ways. Although every sector, including Biblical Studies, has come to its ‘senses’, by realising the urgency to respond; there still appears to be inadequate contextual engagement with the biblical text to stimulate empowering and transformative readings of the Bible. This case study is aimed to contribute to scholarship by determining the extent to which the church, the academy and Persons with HIV have adhered to stigmatising interpretations. The theoretical framework used, was the reader response method as applied within the context of African theology because it is socially located. The data was collected through focus groups and personal interviews. The purposive sampling included

70 participants, who were divided into three key categories: academic theologians, university students and persons with HIV. All participants in the study re-read 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 in order to ascertain if the characters therein could be relevant to the context of AIDS. The overall findings showed that characters from 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33 can provide an empowering message in the context of AIDS. Although this biblical text has often been misused to promote stigma, this study confirmed that it was nonetheless possible to use the same text to unearth redemptive and empowering interpretations. Therefore the study recommends that the move towards an HIV/AIDS Biblical Hermeneutics invites socially engaged scholars along with ordinary readers to read the text together for transformative purposes

  • Hermeneutics,
  • Old Testament,
  • Contextualization
Publication Date
Joachim Kugler
Bemberg University Press.
Citation Information
Mussa Simom Muneja. “HIV/AIDS and the Bible in Tanzania: A Contextual Re-Reading of 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33. BembergVol. 9 (2013)
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