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An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible:

Biblical Interpretation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church

By Keon-Sang An

An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible

An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible:

Biblical Interpretation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church

By Keon-Sang An

A ground-breaking study of the interpretation of scripture in a distinctive Ethiopian framework, revealing the wealth of the tradition in a non-Western Church.

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ISBN: 9780227175910

Specifications: 229x153mm, 258pp

Published: June 2016


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ISBN: 9780227905494

Specifications: 257pp

Published: June 2016

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In An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible, Keon-Sang An explores the distinctive biblical interpretation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). He illuminates the interpretation of the Bible in a particular historical and cultural context and presents a compelling example of the contextual nature of biblical interpretation. Since the earliest years of the Christian church the EOTC has significantly informed the unique spirituality of Ethiopia. Drawing on his own experience of teaching theology in Ethiopia, Keon-Sang An provides a comprehensive consideration of the EOTC's past and present, and examines the interplay between tradition and context in biblical interpretation. An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible contributes much to current biblical scholarship and equips readers with the tools for a future of mutual learning.

List of Tables
Foreword by William A. Dyrness
Preface by Joel B. Green
List of Abbreviations


1. Contextual Theology
2. Contextual Reading of the Bible
3. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church: Tradition and Contextualization
4. Interpretive Tradition of the EOTC: The Andemta Commentary
5. Biblical Interpretation in the Preaching of the EOTC



Keon-Sang An is Assistant Professor of Bible and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary. He previously served as a missionary in Eritrea and Ethiopia, working with SIM (Serving In Mission) and GMS (Global Mission Society).

This is a path-breaking study that adds historical depth and insight into contextuality and the process of contextualisation. Much of the work to date on this theme has been done by Western scholars or is based on Western scholarship. Keon-Sang An, who taught theology in Ethiopia, explores the rich tradition of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church with regard to its approach to Scripture. This work deepens our understanding of contextualisation as a necessary process in every local church. Wilbert R. Shenk, Senior Professor, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
Keon-Sang An's work is not only a window into East African biblical contextual theology; it is also an introduction to biblical and theological method for the 21st century. He carefully argues that the long shadow of western theological method must be replaced by local interpretations that pay attention to both context and tradition. Even more remarkable is that this introduction to a method and its application comes from a Korean, listening to Ethiopians, and writing in America. Scott W. Sunquist, Dean, School of Intercultural Studies, Professor of World Christianity, Fuller Theological Seminary
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