Charlene Van Der Walt
Charlene Van Der Walt is Associate Professor for Religion and Gender in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Deputy Director of the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research.
David Tombs, Sithembiso Zwane, Charlene van der Walt, “A Contextual Bible Study on the Crucifixion of Jesus: Engaging the issue of male violence against men”
This presentation discusses a new contextual bible study that seeks to open up conversation on the stripping and naked exposure of Jesus (Matthew 27:26-31). This is an outcome from a collaborative tottofor Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago (Aotearoa New Zealand). The paper presents: (1) an explanation of the principles of Contextual Bible Study and ‘slow reading’ as developed at the Ujamaa Centre; (2) an overview of the questions used in this bible study and the issues they address; (3) initial responses to the use of the bible study with groups in South Africa in 2019 and assessment of its scope for liberative and transformative work within churches and communities.