Projects

2014-2018:

Potentials and problems of popular inculturation hermeneutics in Maasai biblical interpretation

VID Specialized University currently (2014-2018) hosts a project entitled “Potentials and problems of popular inculturation hermeneutics in Maasai biblical interpretation.” The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and it is directed by Professor Knut Holter. In a Maasai context where the Bible plays increasing roles, the project aims at investigating the “potentials” (for liberation and development) and “problems” (of oppression and marginalization) of popular biblical interpretation.

Researchers

Beth Elness-Hanson
(USA)

…has done a PhD entitled “Generational Curses in the Pentateuch: An American and Maasai Intercultural Analysis,” completed and defended in 2016. The PhD was supervised by Professor Knut Holter, and the members of the PhD committee were Professor Madipoane Masenya (University of South Africa), Professor Fernando Segovia (Vanderbilt University, USA), and Professor Marta Høyland Lavik (VID Specialized University, Norway).

Zephania Shila Nkesela
(Tanzania)

…has done a PhD thesis entitled “A Maasai Encounter with the Bible: Nomadic Lifestyle as a Hermeneutical Question,” completed and defended in June 2018. The PhD was supervised by Professor Knut Holter, and the members of the PhD committee were Dr Lechion Peter Kimilike (Open University, Tanzania), Dr Ntozakhe Cezula (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), and Professor Kari Storstein Haug (VID Specialized University, Norway).

Hoyce Mbowe
(Tanzania)

…is doing a postdoctoral project entitled “Maasai Women and the Old Testament: Towards an Emancipatory Reading,” planned to be published as a scholarly monograph.

Knut Holter
(Norway)

…is doing research on “Popular inculturation hermeneutics in Maasai biblical interpretation: Some postcolonial perspectives,” being published as journal and anthology articles.

Publications

  • Beth Elness-Hanson: Generational Curses in the Pentateuch: An American and Maasai Intercultural Analysis. New York: Peter Lang, 2017 (Bible and Theology in Africa, 24).

  • Knut Holter: “What shall we do with the Canaanites? An ethical perspective on Genesis 12:6,” Old Testament Essays30 (2017) 337-347. Full text: http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/ote/v30n2/09.pdf

  • Knut Holter: “The Maasai and the ancient Israelites: An early 20thcentury interpretation of the Maasai in East Africa,” Scriptura 116 (2017:2) 66-74. Full text: http://scriptura.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1314/1242

  • Knut Holter: “Relocating Keil & Delitzsch: Reading a mid-19thcentury biblical commentary from Germany with early 21stcentury theology students from Tanzania and Norway,” Uta Andrée, Ruomin Liu, and Sönke Lorberg-Fehring (eds.), Transkulturelle Begegnungen und interreligiöser Dialog. Hamburg: Missionshilfe Verlag, 2017, pp. 279-288.