Musa W Dube

Musa W Dube
Emory University | EU · Candler School of Theology

PhD Religion

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January 2004 - July 2005
Scripps College
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 1992 - June 2021
University of Botswana
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Research Interests include: Biblical, Postcolonial, gender, translation and HIV and AIDS studies
Education
September 1992 - May 1997
Vanderbilt University
Field of study
  • Religion
September 1989 - September 1990
Durham University
Field of study
  • New Testaments Studies

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This third volume in the Mother Earth, Mother Africa Series explores the interface of religio-cultural traditions and ecological conservation practices in different African contexts. The authors also reflect on the entwinement between the violation of women’s rights and the degradation of the Earth which is usually described using feminine terms, h...
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The book responds to President D. Trump's characterization of certain nations as "shit hole" countries, by interrogating the power relations of global and international relations of the past and present. It interrogates the power relations that characterize immigration from biblical,, theological and ethical perspectives
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The Trump neo-liberal and global warming era has intensified migration,, highlighting the diaspora space and global structures as a context of theological inquiry... In this volume, African theological scholars challenge euro-centric, racist-global immigration policies and propose a paradigm of breaking the master's S.H.I.T Holes
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This biblical academic book is a dialogue between African and British scholars within the postcolonial context
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Climate change and its global impact on all people, especially the marginalized communities, is widely recognized as the biggest crisis of our time. It is a context that invites all subjects and disciplines to bring their resources in diagnosing the problem and seeking the healing of the Earth. The African continent, especially its women, constitut...
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The relationship between postcolonialism and feminism is often complicated and conflict-laden in its struggles against empire and patriarchy and its related social categories of oppression. The question is, How have African women in former colonies balanced their act? To address this question, the article focusses on Boleo, A Setswana Novel. Firstl...
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The paper explores Setswana and biblical moral teachings on the environment as well as their functions in the preservation of the Earth. It will also look at how contemporary profit-oriented relationships with the Earth constitute moral degeneration. Lastly, the paper will discuss how some Setswana perspective on the environment can constitute Eart...
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Little is known on the area of pastoral theological approaches used for premarital counseling during bridal showers in Botswana. Pentecostal pastoral counselors during Naomi/ Laban showers were interviewed about their premarital pastoral counseling work, on values and ethics of Botho/Ubuntu, how the ethic is manifested in a traditional society and...
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Botswana has experienced rapid urbanisation and industrialisation since independence, with people moving from the rural to the urban areas consequently. The quality of family and peer relationships and the spirit of communityhood have also deteriorated significantly over the years. However, few studies have investigated how people forge or reproduc...
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This paper discusses my activities in the classroom and beyond to address African contexts of the HIV and AIDS crisis. Alongside an account of my strategies, encounters and journeys, I discuss the activist Gugu Dlamini and Mmutle, a trickster of African folklore. Both act as inspirations for the role of change agent.
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Exploring the implications of teaching in the HIV and AIDS death zone of the early 2000s, this article underlines how the context generated a teaching crisis and demanded multiple responses. HIV and AIDS called into question established scientific knowledge, methods, and theories, highlighting their inadequacy. University classroom boundaries had t...
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The article investigates how Purple Hibiscus utilizes intertextuality and explores the intersection of class, gender, race, postcoloniality and violence in a context of theological imagination represented by two siblings, who express their Roman Catholic faith differently. The character of Papa Eugene, whose extreme religiosity and violence pervade...
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The article explores contemporary neo-liberal structures relationship with modern colonial histories, while investigating its gender and theological implications.
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The chapter explores the construction of space, postcoloniality, religion and gender among African writers.
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The chapter investigates the link between modern colonialism, violence and biblical texts in the African context.
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The paper explores the African communal ethic of ubuntu and its possible contribution to prevention of HIV and AIDS and tocommunal healing in general.
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The massive growth of Pentecostal Charismatic Churches (PCCs) constitutes a Pentecostal kairos in the global history of the Christian movement. In its current form, the Pentecostal movement spreads itself into politics, economics, cultural and social spheres, interacting with various disciplines all at once. Yet the massive growth and impact of PCC...
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This paper is primarily based on fieldwork research, carried out by different researchers over the ten years 1993-2003. It will explore the position of women in the church of Botswana, by examining: a Women from different church backgrounds, that is, mainline churches, African Independent Churches, and evangelical churches. b How and why they becam...
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The article uses the format of ten commandments to give 10 critical issueds of HIV and AIDS engagements
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Wie ich Orpas Briefe an Rut fand Wir saßen draußen um ein Feuer herum; es war Nacht. Wir diskutierten das aktuelle Weltgeschehen und wie es uns im Fernsehen, in den Zeitungen und Büchern präsentiert wird. Die lebendige Diskussion drehte sich um das Bild von Afrika in eben diesen Medien. Die junge Lesedi war gerade erst aus dem Ausland zurückgekehrt...
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The article utilises narrative, feminist, postcolonial and HIV and AIDS frameworkd to read Mark 5:21-43
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The article explores biblical texts and African oratures, foregrounding new questions concerning HIV and AIDS and the various context of precolonial, struggle for independence, post-independence, cold war and globalization. The story of Mark 5: 21-43 is read within these various contextS, underlining the possibility of liberation through the trope...
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This article discusses the different families of the New Testament literature; its the historical and cultural background. Thereafter, the article samples from each genre to analyse constructions of gender in the gospels, history, epistles and apocalyptic literature of the New Testament.
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Using contextual, postcolonial, gender and liberation perspectives, the article seeks to read the Bible in the light of aging processes
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The article explores theological, biblical and religious perspectives of responding to HIV and AIDS
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The book explores various ways of mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into theological education. Areas covered include biblical, theological, African Indiginous religion, counselling and strategic planning.
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The global HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a context of great suffering: stigmatization, death, grief, orphaned children and impoverishment. It is an attack on life and its quality. Moreover, the most marginalized groups such as women, homosexuals, youth, blacks and the poor have been at the center of the storm of the epidemic. With millions dead, a...
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The article explores justice as central to mission in the HIV and AIDS context, proposing a people-centred mission.
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In this article, the biblical Rahab and I ‫؛‬ill pay a visit to Precious Rawiotswe ‫؛‬or a cup 0‫؛‬red bush tea. That is, the narrative 0‫؛‬Rahab will provide a reading grid by which to analyse a Botswanan woman character. Precious Ramotswe, created and popularized by Alexander McCall Smiths' nod. The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This postcol...
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Abstract In biblical translation, tradition has long persisted that the so-called source text should have the lion’s share, an approach that served to suppress and colonise indigenous cultures. From modern colonial times to the contemporary global era, biblical translation theories and agenda have remained largely steeped in the colonial ideology o...
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Assesses the traumatic experiences of Batswana, exploring concepts of remembering and forgetting healing and positive living.
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The chapter explores translations of Christian hymns and scriptures during the modern colonial times, investigating how colonial ideology permeated these works. It also summaries African scholarly research that has investigated the area, from various regions and languages of the continent.
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The expectation and arrival of a baby has always played a significant role in many societies across the globe. For simple reasons, babies are perceived as blessings from God. Hence, there is the need to shower the mother-to-be and her unborn baby with gifts and advice in preparation for welcoming, not only the bundle of joy, but also the new additi...
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This volume on intercultural biblical interpretation includes essays by feminist scholars from Botswana, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. Reading from a rich variety of socio-cultural locations, contributors present their hermeneutical frameworks for interpretation of Hebrew Bible texts, each framework grounded in...
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Abstract Botho/Ubuntu is a community-building ethic that urges individuals to define their identity by caring, welcoming, affirming and respecting the Other. This paper investigates how Botho/Ubuntu ethic was understood and manifested in traditional Botswana communities. The article explores how Botho/Ubuntu is expressed in the preparation and arri...
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African oratures consist of a significant corpus of trickster stories. This article investigates indigenous frameworks of reading texts by exploring the philosophical stance of Mmutle, the trickster of Southern Africa, by analyzing eight stories. The analysis of the Mmutle trickster discourse highlights four postures of reading for liberation. Firs...
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Summaries of various articles that analyse the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey of 2013. Among others, it includes, gender, violence, stigma, children, condom use among others.
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In the quest for an eco-justice reading, this article invites readers/listeners into a theatrical experience, where the drama of creation is staged. God enters the stage where the Earth is formless, dark and void, but covered by the Spirit of God. God begins to call various members of the Earth Community into being through God's own word over six d...
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This article explores how the HIV and AIDS epidemic became a revealing moment in history--highlighting the structures of power within the relationships that we inhabit and their ill-health. This stretched from highlighting the fractures of gender relations, marriage, social ethics, economic distributions, sexual and age disparity, among other thing...
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Background: Religiosity is a resource for safer-sex behaviour in HIV pandemic regions. We investigated influences of personal and parental religiosity on safer-sex behaviours among Botswana Pentecostal youth. Methods: 261 youth (female = 65%) from a major Pentecostal Church in Botswana completed the Botswana Youth Health Survey (BYHS). The BYHS inc...
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This article seeks to trace the fussy boundaries of religion and the public space in the modern colonial archive of southern Africa. It investigates how drawing such boundaries became a central strategy in translating indigenous cultures into sin and creating guilt in communities that did not observe the sacred and secular boundaries. The article u...
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To be in the struggle for justice and liberation is … to be in a luta continua, the struggle that always continues. The recently produced movie Exodus: Gods and Kings, highlights that Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince in Pharaoh’s court together with the real prince, who later became a new oppressive Pharaoh to the Hebrews. Moses and the princ...
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This article seeks to trace the fussy boundaries of religion and the public space in the modern colonial archive of southern Africa. It investigates how drawing such boundaries became a central strategy in translating indigenous cultures into sin and creating guilt in communities that did not observe the sacred and secular boundaries. The article u...
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This article reviews the gendered Pentecostal Bible as documented by various researchers. It assesses how the prophetic-spirit framework encounters and functions within the framework of the inerrant but patriarchal written word. The Spirit framework is an oral canon that opens spaces of gender empowerment. Yet Pentecostal scholars problematise the...
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The relationship between the Bible and Children in Africa is a topic of highest relevance. This book is treating it in two main perspectives which often are intertwined: | The exegetical perspective “Children in the Bible” is dealing with the concepts of childhood in biblical texts, asking for example: How are children conceived in different texts....
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The book explore biblical portrayal of commercial sex and analysis the interpretation, particularly feminist readers.
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IntroductionProblematizing of Frameworks of AIR(s)Community, Postcolonialism, and FeminismThe Future of Feminist African Religion
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Avaren Ipsen's book examines the perspectives of feminist biblical readings towards sex workers featured in the texts, highlighting that their sympathies remain with patriarchal frameworks. Ipsen proposes a liberation ethic of reading in solidarity with sex workers.
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In the globalization era, justice-seeking feminist theologies are challenged to sharpen and reposition themselves to speak to the issues of the time by adopting new methods, topics, and frameworks. Consequently, "the boundaries of theology need to be redrawn in the light of the creation of new global cultures" and "crucial to the task of rewriting...
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The article was first written for the SECSOR SBL, eastern regional meeting held in Atlanta in 2008. The theme of the conference was healing and the author of this article was the keynote speaker. This article outlines the attempts that have been made by biblical scholars and faith activists to address their reading and interpreting strategies withi...
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A cultural text is not confined to the borders of its written pages, but to the whole culture that embraces its interpretations. To understand its meaning(s), one needs to go beyond and read also the cultural conditions that have sur­ rounded its production and consumption. ...A cultural text should be read not just for the history it reflects, but...
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Postcolonial Feminist Communities and Spaces of ReadingEstablishing the Imperial Setting and Context in the TextGod, Gold, Glory, and GenderJudith:“You are the Great Pride of Our Nation”(15:9)Rahaband Judith: Phantoms of Power Struggles in Imperial SettingsLiberation Strands in Judith
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HIV and AIDS opens a new chapter in African religious discourse by placing the epidemic at the forefront of theological discussion, education, curriculum and preaching. The collected essays examine the HIV and AIDS crisis in light of bibilcal and ethical teachings and argues for a strong theological presence alongside current economic, social, and...
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This article is an amalgam of four talks given over several days at The Community of Women and Men in Mission Conference. The overall title `Who do you say that I am?' covers the subjects of Jesus the Liberator, The Healer, The One Who Empowers, and The One Who Sends Us. The author explores these issues in the context of Africa and opens a very ill...
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How does one read the New Testament in the context of HIV and AIDS is the question addressed in this work. It presents experimental interpretations to address a critical global concern--HIV and AIDS impact on the communities and possible ways of contributing towards healing and working out compassionate communities.
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Given that HIV and AIDS generated stigma and discrimination to People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWH&A) and the affected, this module explores a theology of compassion by attempting to do theology through the stories of PLWH& A .
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I never felt closer to her than now. I mean Rahab the sex worker of Jericho. I have been (and I am still) in her house. I have thought her thoughts. I have laughed with Rahab’s laughter. I have cried with Rahab’s tears, until I realized that maybe I will just have to hang my tears to dry.1 I have walked her walk to the window of her home, which was...
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This volume is an engaging and provocative introduction to Feminist Biblical Studies. The authors draw upon their own social, cultural and religious backgrounds and experiences in reading the New Testament as feminists in the context of globalization. They provide intentional interpretations of biblical texts that cast gender, race, class and power...
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The book gives guidelines to church works on how to mainstream HIV and AIDS into various themes, activities and with different groups
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This paper highlights the proposed “Talitha cum” African women’s biblical hermeneutics of reading through sketching the practices of four African women scholars: Mercy A. Oduyoye (Ghana); Madipoane Masenya (South Africa), Musa W. Dube (Botswana) and Teresa Okure (Nigeria). As used in this paper, Talitha Cum hermeneutics refers to the art of living...
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Highlighting the impact of HIV and AIDS on children, the article explores a theology that centers children's rights and interests. It explores the New Testament perspective of welcoming children and how it can provide a theology for children's empowerment children.
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Article explores power and pwerlessness of travellors, accessing the Johannine characterisation of the travve
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This paper investigates how native languages were used by colonizers to subordi nate the colonized. The paper uses an example from the Setswana language of Botswana to investigate the colonial translations of the Bible and compilation of the first dictionaries and to show how they were informed by their time. It focuses on the translation of Badimo...
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Post-colonial theories highlight that imperialism is a military exercise as it is a textual project. Imperial traveling agents employ texts to subjugate foreign geographical spaces, to colonize the minds of native inhabitants, and to sanitize the conscience of the colonizing nations. This paper discusses some post-colonial investigation into empire...
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Women from African Independent churches read the text from the perspective of Semoya, the Spirit, which allows them to subvert gender inqualities and colonizing perspectives.
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The article presents some interpretations of Batswana women readers of Matt 15:21-28. The aim of presenting their reading is to take seriously their subjectivity and agency.

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I seek your assistance concerning good sources on religious Imagination? What constitutes imagination? How is it theorised? And what would be religious Imagination? Any good sources and suggestions would be welcome.

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This research project seeks to: 1. Highlight global, continental and local impact of environmental crisis on African women and the communities 2. Highlight the link between Earth and gender oppression at global, continental and local contexts 3. Investigate how the Earth is imagined in Cultural/religious/theological and Philosophical resources 4. Analyze the usability of perspectives provided by Cultural/religious/theological and Philosophical resources 5. Re-imagine and re-interpret perspectives provided by Cultural/religious/theological and Philosophical resources in the light of contemporary environmental crisis 6. Design Earth-friendly interpretative frameworks for faith-communities and leaders to address contemporary environmental crisis 7. Use new frameworks to train religious communities on Earth-friendly ways of relating with the Earth