On May 3rd 2019, SALT Lutheran Graduate School of Theology (Fianarantsoa, Madagascar) organized a book launch for Knut Holter’s three new books about aspects of African and Malagasy interpretive strategies vis-à-vis the Old Testament. The books are written in Malagasy and they are intended to be used as textbooks / resources for Malagasy theology students:
- Moa Mpitandrina ny Rahalahiko va aho?: The book discusses popular and intercultural interpretation of the Bible, analyzing the interpretive processes of two research projects; one that invited youth groups (16-18 years old) in Madagascar, Thailand, and Norway to read the parable about the prodigal son (Luke 15) togetether, and the other inviting groups of adults (50-65 years old) in Madagascar and Norway to read the narrative about Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) together.
- Nanokatra ny sain’ireo Izy: The book discusses Old Testament text and motifs as resources in relation to the discipline of missiology, with a special focus on religious and cultural challenges in developing interpretive strategies to biblical texts and African contexts.
- Fandalinana Testamenta Taloha mihatra ami-konteksta any Afrika sy Madagasikara: A revised version of a 2012 edition of the book, focusing on contextual interpretation of the Old Testament in Africa. The book has a thematic and historical profile, presenting major lines in African biblical hermeneutics and tracing the development of a critical Old Testament studies in Africa.
During the book launch, Knut Holter presented some major lines in the books, and a critical response was offered by Olivier Randrianjaka, lecturer in Old Testament studies at SALT.