African Biblical Hermeneutics

A Stream on “African Biblical Hermeneutics: The West African Experience”
as part of the 4th Annual International Symposium on Religion & Theology
27-30 May 2019, Athens, Greece

The Humanities & Education Division of ATINER is organising a Stream on “African Biblical Hermeneutics: The West African Experience” as part of the 4th Annual International Symposium on Religion & Theology, 27-30 May 2019, Athens, Greece

African biblical hermeneutics is the rereading of the Christian Scripture from a premeditated Afrocentric perspective. Since the wave of postcolonial hermeneutics and the 1966 Consultation of African Theologians Conference held at Ibadan, Nigeria, African hermeneutics have grown from the humble beginning of the contextual approach, said to be marred by subjectivism and little reliance on the scriptures, to the arts and science of hermeneutics and seeks to systematize African hermeneutics. However, most articles and publications have thrived more in South Africa than any other part of the continent. This panel seeks to focus attention on the hermeneutical experience of the West African block. Contributors are expected to focus on theoretical and practical topics ranging from methodologies to Old and New Testament genres. Sub-topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • African hermeneutics of the Torah
  • African hermeneutics of the Prophetical Writings
  • African hermeneutics of the Historical Books
  • African hermeneutics of Wisdom Literature
  • African Reading of Wisdom Literature
  • African Reading of the Gospels
  • African Reading of the Parables
  • African Reading of the Epistles
  • African Reading of Apocalyptic Books

Contributions are expected from biblical scholars and theologians who are either West Africans and or living in West Africa and are ready to showcase their work.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Myceanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 15 April 2019 to: Dr. Olubiyi Adeniyi Adewale, Full Professor of Biblical Studies, Department of Religions, National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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