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A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars
Published by: Zondervan, 2006

The Africa Bible Commentary is the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities, it furnishes powerful and relevant insights into the biblical text that transcend Africa in their significance.

Also available in French, entitled Commentaire Biblique Contemporain.  [more...]

Authors: Karl Grebe, Wilfred Fon

We soon found that even the most experienced Christian leaders were not always sure how to relate the cultural phenomena to the biblical picture. On the whole, the church had bypassed the task of interpreting the cultural picture from the biblical perspective, leaving Christians to determine for themselves how to relate to the various traditions of their culture.

This 58-page booklet, available for download in both English and French, describes the key elements of an African Traditional Religion (ATR) worldview and interprets them in relation to Scripture:

  1. The Worldview of African Traditional Religion
  2. Christianity and the African Worldview
  3. The Biblical View of Spiritual Realities
  4. Interpreting ATR in View of Scripture

The authors conclude with implications for Christian communication and counseling in such contexts.  [more...]

Author: Abdu-Iisa

It has been amazing to see this calendar posted in the main markets of Northern Cameroon... We have found this tool an excellent method to get the Word of God out to the general populace.

A tool that has encouraged scripture engagement in Northern Cameroon has been a calendar that has both Arabic (Ajami) and Roman script dates. For each month there are culturally appropriate drawings and Bible verses written in the Ajami script.  [more...]

Helps for Developing Indigenous Hymns
Authors: Brian Schrag, Paul Neely (eds.)
Published by: EthnoDoxology/ACT Publications

This “tool chest” of materials brings together a compilation of documents and research tools, each describing an idea, activity or concept to enable the missionary or Christian worker to encourage some aspect of indigenous hymnody.

Book & CD-ROM, available from Ethnodoxology at $29.00.  [more...]

Author: John Beekman

Translators face the challenge of correctly representing the message of Christianity by utilizing a vocabulary that has only, or largely, been used to represent a non-Christian system of thought.

Good translation depends on a good understanding of the receptor culture. This is especially true when choosing key terms, as translators have to not only find ways to express the terms in the language; they also have to bridge different systems of thought. Beekman proposes four methods to discover potential terms that communicate in a relevant and accurate way, and two ways to validate what the terms communicate.  [more...]

Author: Marcia Welser

When creating a Scripture use plan how do you get a grip on the pertinent conditions to be able to set goals and create a plan?

The Welser Scale is an assessment tool used to facilitate goal setting and Scripture use planning. The intuitive scoring process is described and a blank template and an example are included.

The categories are based on Wayne Dye's Eight Conditions for Scripture Engagement.  [more...]