Reading Hebrews through Akan ethnicity and social identity

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dc.contributor.author Kissi, Seth
dc.contributor.author Van Eck, Ernest
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-14T05:37:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-14T05:37:08Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-21
dc.description This article represents a reworked version of aspects from the PhD dissertation of Seth Kissi, titled ‘Social identity in Hebrews and the Akan community of Ghana’, in the Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, with Prof. Dr Ernest van Eck as supervisor. (http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61186) en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The Akan people of Ghana have concepts of ethnicity and social identity which are similar to those found in the Mediterranean world, which find expression in the issues addressed in the letter to the Hebrews. This similarity makes the reading of Hebrews in light of Akan ethnicity and social identity possible, giving one the expected meaning from the perspective of those concepts as within the original context of the audience. This article therefore discusses some theories on ethnicity and social identity as well as the Akan people of Ghana and their concepts of ethnicity and social identity. It further explains the social context of the letter of Hebrews against which Hebrews is then read in light of Akan ethnicity and social identity. The focus of this reading is on how the ethnic identity of the readers presented in Hebrews enhances the social identity of the readers and provides the means by which the author’s appeal to his readers for their faithfulness to God becomes meaningful and urgent. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kissi, S. & Van Eck, E., 2017, ‘Reading Hebrews through Akan ethnicity and social identity’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(3), a4490. https://DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4490. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4490
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61627
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Hebrews en_ZA
dc.subject Social identity en_ZA
dc.subject Ethnicity en_ZA
dc.subject Akan people en_ZA
dc.subject Ghana en_ZA
dc.title Reading Hebrews through Akan ethnicity and social identity en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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