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Prof. Gerald O. West

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Local Address:  Pietermaritzburg , South Africa
Company Description: The new University of KwaZulu-Natal unites two major educational institutions in KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. The...   more

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SBL Publications, 7 May 2015 [cached]
Semeia Studies: Gerald O. West
The organizer of the Lambeth Bible ..., 2 Aug 2008 [cached]
The organizer of the Lambeth Bible Studies, Professor Gerald West said, when challenged, that he had no opinion about Lambeth resolution 1:10 which said that sexual relations are only acceptable within the framework of heterosexual marriage.He also said he had never read Rowan Williams booklet, "The Body's Grace."
West, a Professor of Old Testament at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and coordinator of the Bible Studies at the 2008 Lambeth Conference has an impressive academic CV.He was clearly chosen by the Lambeth Design Team for his liberal views in order to persuade Anglican bishops that homosexuality is acceptable in the eyes of God.
According to reports VOL has received, here is what he says about same sex marriage in South Africa: "Those churches (and other religious institutions) with unambiguous negative positions on same-sex marriage have been most vocal.What has been absent in the debate has been the voice of those churches who have a tradition of taking a stand with the marginalised in society."
West said the clearest voice had been that of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), which had not only defended the right of the state to amend the legislation, but had also provided a theological argument for why the church ought to respond positively to this change.
West offered a literary interpretation of the Genesis account of Sodom and Gomorrah, that the sin at hand was "inhospitality, expressed through male rape.It may have nothing at all to do with homosexuality."Whenever Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in the Bible, he said, "It's always about injustice and inhospitality."
When VirtueOnline reporter Hans Zeiger asked West whether there are wide differences in the Anglican Communion over Biblical authority, and if so, whether it is even possible to apply a Biblical standard to sexual ethics, West replied, "I don't believe that it's widely different.
In 1995 West gave' a series of lectures, seminars and workshops in order to challenge his hearers to envisage new possibilities of reading the Bible "with" marginalized people.
Participants at his lectures, seminars and workshops started asking questions such as: The marginalized were identified as:"Those who are disabled, homosexuals, lesbians, prisoners/ex-prisoners, women, ethnic minorities.The marginalized are therefore those alienated socially and legally".
West listed four elements of applying Scripture to Communion decisions: "a common commitment to be shaped by Scripture," an attention to the detail of Scripture, "a common commitment to bring our contexts into engagement with Scripture," and an "ecclesio-theological framework" that "holds us all together."
West also said that the current Anglican controversies represent a transitional stage in the Communion.He said that missionaries who brought Christianity to South Africa were colonial imperialists, but that Africa is now in the process of moving beyond imperialism.
Society of Biblical Literature, 3 Sept 2015 [cached]
Gerald West
SBL Meetings and Events, 1 April 2014 [cached]
Additional faculty for the two-week session will include SBL members Roy Ciampa, Simon Crisp, James Maxey, Philip H. Towner, and Gerald West.
Call for Papers Deadline: Biblical Exegesis between East and West
News :: The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Gerald West, a scholar closely identified with this work writes, "Contextual Bible Study is not merely about interpreting the Bible; it is about allowing the Bible to equip us to change our world so that the kingdom of God may come on earth, as it is in heaven! West is the director of the Ujamaa Center for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, a centers of CBS study and practice for the past 20 years.
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