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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.25 no.3 Pretoria  2012


U shumisa nyambo dzapo dza Afrika kha ugudisa na u guda Tshihevheru tsha Bivhilini1


The use of African indigenous languages in the teaching and learning of biblical Hebrew



Elelwani Farisani

University of South Africa





Iii bammbiri li tahisa mbudziso dza ndeme nga ha uri ri gudisa hani matshudeni a Afrika kana kha zwikolo zwa vhurereli zwa Afrika nyambo dza Bivhilini kana dza tshibivhili (afha ndi Tshihevheru.). Tsha u thoma, li sedzulusa mihumbulo ya ndeme ya sumbe ya Vho Pulido kha u gudisa na u guda Tshihevheru tsha Bivhilini. Tsha vhuvhili, li dovha hafhu la kwama kana u amba nga ha mushumo wa nyambo dza vhadzulapo kha Ngudo dza Vhurereli ha Afrika. Tsha vhuraru, li sedzesa kha vhushaka ha mofolodzhi na sinthekisi vhukati ha Tshihevheru na nyambo dza Afrika. Tsha u fhedza, li bvisela khagala ndeme ya u shumisa Nyambo Dzapo dza Afrika kha u gudisa na u guda Tshihevheru tsha Bivhilini.


The paper raises fairly significant questions about how we teach biblical languages (in this case Hebrew) to African students or in African theological schools. First, it examines Pulido's seven key concepts on the teaching and learning of Biblical Hebrew. Second, it looks at the role of vernacular languages in African Theological scholarship. Third, it focuses on both morphological and syntactical correspondences between Hebrew and African languages. And, finally, it spells out the significance of using African Indigenous Languages in the teaching and learning of Biblical Hebrew.



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Elelwani B Farisani
Department of Biblical and Ancients Studies, University of South Africa
P.O. Box 392, Unisa. 0003, Pretoria



1 Iii bammbiri lo vhaliwa Mutanganoni wa Nwaha nga nwaha wa SBL ngei New Orleans, USA Lara 2009.

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