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Faith and freedom in Galatia and Senegal; the Apostle Paul, colonists and sending gods.


Faith and freedom in Galatia and Senegal; the Apostle Paul, colonists and sending gods.

Niang, Aliou Cisse.



181 pages



Biblical interpretation series; v.97


When Niang (Biblical interpretation and New Testament, Memphis Theological Seminary) read in scripture and classical texts that the Gauls/Galatians were primitive, savage, fickle, uncivilized, warlike barbarians vanquished by the Graeco-Roman Empire, it rang a bell somewhere. Oh yes, that was exactly what French colonial officials and Holy Ghost Fathers said about his own Diola people in Senegal during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He reflects on how Paul's Epistle to the churches of Galatia might hold special meaning for the colonial, post-colonial, and neo-colonial Senegalese Diola communities of West Africa, and if so, then perhaps as well to other peoples in the same straits. After a methodological and theoretical introduction, he covers identity and the socio-religious context of pre-Christian and Christian Galatians, Senegalese Diola in context, and modes of community and identity. He concludes with a post-colonial reading of the epistle. The study is revised from his 2007 Ph.D. dissertation at Brite Divinity School.

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Title Annotation:Biblical interpretation series
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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