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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Critiquing Western Interpretation of New Testament Parables Via an African Context

Glenna S. Jackson.

Africans know far more than Westerners do about the sociological context of the teaching of the New Testament gospels, specifically the parables that are deemed to be a part of the historical Jesus. This presentation is for the purpose of reporting my on-the-spot cross-cultural studies as a result initially of my sabbatical in Mutare, Zimbabwe where I taught at Africa University for the fall semester, 2000, and to do a hands-on example of how I use them in my teaching. I returned to Africa the past three summers and began researching stories and parables in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, and Kenya. Already, the method has proved useful in my classes at Otterbein College and I argue that it contributes to a more global perspective in the humanities in general and in the discipline of New Testament studies specifically by bringing attention to African contexts and parallels.


Glenna S. Jackson  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Religion and Philosophy
Otterbein College

I have been teaching all biblical courses, women in religion, mythology, and Darwin and Genesis at Otterbein College for the past ten years. My sabbatical in the fall of 2000 was taken as a scholar-teacher at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Since that time I have been working on intercultural studies in and of the New Testament texts.

  • Critique of western interpretation.
  • African parallels to New Testament parables

(60 min. Workshop, English)