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Title: Leadership in the Christian Home: Interpreting KEPHALĒ [Ephesians 5:22-23] in Dangme Bible Reading Communities
Authors: Kuwornu-Adjaottor, J. E. T
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: WAATI
Citation: WAATI Papers, No. 6, June 2012: 98-108
Abstract: The translation of ‘kephalē,’1 (head) in Ephesians 5:22-23 in the New Testament of the ‘Ngmami Klôuklôu ô,’ - the Dangme Bible2 - to mean, ‘… huno ô ngε yo ô nô he wami,’ (…the husband has authority over the wife), has come under criticism by many Dangme Bible readers, especially women, because it is too patriarchal. Apart from making women in general, and wives in particular look as if they are nonentities, who exist only to be “ruled” by men, it has made Dangme Bible reading wives to see their husbands as “bosses” and women in general “inferior” to men. Some Dangme Bible reading women do not want to marry for fear of coming under men who feel they are superior to them. Two Dangme adages pertaining to marriage and leadership in marriage are: ‘Gba saa yo’; and ‘Kungô yo le je nanε se e mlεε kungô ku ne e kpa nô’ (Marriage makes a beautiful woman; and the hen knows day-break, but it waits for the cock to crow). Applying these adages in the interpretation of ‘kephalē,’ in the context of marriage among Dangme Bible readers, gives a religio-cultural reason why a wife should submit to her husband – because he is the leader of the relationship or home. This interpretation places on the husband, the responsibility to perform for the betterment of the marriage, and not the “authority” to dominate in everything. It is being recommended that Ephesians 5:22-23 in the Dangme Bible be retranslated to reflect the leadership role of the husband in the marriage relationship.
Description: Article published in WAATI Papers, No. 6, June 2012: 98-108
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6418
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