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PhD defence, Rev Olivier Randrianjaka

On August 18, VID Specialized University (Stavanger, Norway) organized a public PhD defence for Rev Olivier Randrianjaka, Lutheran Graduate School of Theology (Fianarantsoa, Madagascar). Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the defence took place on Skype.

The PhD committee consisted of:

  • Professor Jean Koulagna, l’Institut OEcuménique de Théologie Al Mowafaqa, Rabat
  • Professor emeritus Karl William Weyde, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo
  • Professor Hilde Wallem Nielssen, NLA University College, Bergen
  • Professor Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, VID Specialized University, Stavanger

The defence started with a trial lecture by Randrianjaka on a topic given by the PhD committee: “Potentials and problems with comparative approaches in African biblical hermeneutics”.

Then followed the public defence of Randrianjaka’s PhD thesis, which is entitled “Sin, purification and sacrifice: Analysis and comparison of texts from the Book of Leviticus and Malagasy traditional rituals”. Professors Koulagna, Weyde, and Wallem Nilsen served as opponents.

Rev Olivier Randrianjaka

VID researchers in Uppsala University seminar

In these corona times many lectures and seminars are made accessible through digital platforms, and all of us can join two VID researchers who will be presenting a paper in the Biblical Studies Seminar at Uppsala University. Read More

UNISA: Symposium on religion, its texts, and engagement with contemporary issues

On 9-11 December 2019, the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at UNISA, University of South Africa, organized a symposium on religion, its texts, and engagement with contemporary studies. The symposium was initiated by Professors Elelwani Farisani and Huli Ramantswana. Three keynote addresses (Professor Anthony Pinn, USA; Dr Michael K. Mensah, Ghana; and Professor Knut Holter, Norway) and thirteen other papers focused on theoretical and more practical aspects of religious texts, mainly related to Bible and Christian tradition.

Adamo Seminar at SBL

The Annual Meeting of Society of Biblical Literature has an African Biblical Hermeneutics Section, and this year—on November 25—the ABH invited to a session where the research profile of our esteemed Nigerian colleague, Professor David Tuesday Adamo of Kogi State University, Nigeria, was discussed in a series of papers. The picture shows the presenters together with Adamo, from the left: Madipoane Masenya (University of South Africa), Knut Holter (VID Specialized University, Norway), Funlola Olojede (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), David T. Adamo, Marta Høyland Lavik (VID Specialized University, Norway), Miracle Ajah (National Open University of Nigeria).

Book launch: Knut Holter launches three new books on contextual Old Testament interpretation

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.Read More

Agnes Lid new Chair of the Board, Wycliffe Global Alliance

Agnes Lid, Director of Wycliffe Norway, has been elected Chair of the Board of Wycliffe Global Alliance. Many congratulations from Stavanger, and many thanks for the collaboration we have with regard to training of Bible translators.

Master’s degree: Bible Translation

The Stavanger Campus of VID Specialized University has restructured its Master’s programs, and now offers a new Master of Theology and Religious Studies, with Bible Translation as one of the tracks of specialization. In a two years program, students are exposed to advanced perspectives—of method, theory, and hermeneutics—on Bible Translation, preparing for service as translator or communicator of the Bible, or for PhD studies in the field.

Read more here.

Workshop on Contextuality

Centre for Mission and Global Studies, VID Specialized University, Stavanger, organized a workshop on Contextuality and African Biblical Studies, Thursday 7. June, with participants from South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sweden, and Norway.

Zephania Shila Nkesela’s PhD defense

On June 6th, Rev Zephania Shila Nkesela (Tanzania) publicly defended his PhD thesis, “A Maasai Encounter with the Bible: Nomadic Lifestyle as a Hermeneutical Question,” on June 6, 2018, in the Major Aula, VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway. Read More

New website launched

The encounter between Africa and the Bible has for many years been a key research field for biblical scholars in Stavanger, and this website aims at presenting some of the research and networking activities of the Stavanger colleagues.