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Poverty in the Book of Proverbs: An African Transformational Hermeneutic of Proverbs on Poverty
Kimilike, Lechion Peter

New York: Lang, 2008 pp. xi + 381. $84.95

Series Information
Bible and Theology in Africa, 7


Description: Western interpretations of poverty proverbs in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs have tended to see a status quo acceptance in the ancient texts, thus neglecting existential challenges of the poverty issue. In contrast, Lechion Peter Kimilike argues that African proverbial material on poverty may—when used comparatively to interpret the corresponding Old Testament poverty proverbs—create a more dynamic analysis. The author's new and thought-provoking interpretation suggests "an African transformational hermeneutic" that balances between the questions and methodology of the "global [i.e., western] guild" and the concerns of the African interpretative context.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Literature

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Review by Philip J. Nel
Published 2/2/2009
Citation: Philip J. Nel, review of Lechion Peter Kimilike, Poverty in the Book of Proverbs: An African Transformational Hermeneutic of Proverbs on Poverty, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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