Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
CONTEXTUALIZATIONMany Christians, especially from the majority world, have come to realize that the theologies they have received from Euro-American churches and missionaries or from Euro-American theological textbooks hardly connect with their experiences and situations. Contextualization proceeds
Dictionary of Theological Terms
ContextualizationA method of literary criticism that seeks to distinguish the meaning of the text of Scripture from the cultural and historical context in which it was given. The latter is regarded as the temporary garb in which God’s revelation appeared in a particular place at a particular time. The
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Contextualization. The genesis of the neologism “contextualization” shaped its meaning and method. An October 1970 circular letter from Nikos A. Nissiotis (then director of the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches [WCC]) regarding the imminent 1971 consultation on “Dogmatic or Contextual
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
INCULTURATION. Inculturation is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical term, originally transliterated from French, that has gained currency in missiology due to recent papal usage. Inculturation is the process of reciprocal, cross-cultural influence in which a church established in one cultural setting founds
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
CONTEXTUALIZATIONContextualization is a dynamic process of the church’s reflection, in obedience to Christ and his mission in the world, on the interaction of the text as the word of God and the context as a specific human situation. It is essentially a *missiological concept. The interpreter or one