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Title: Sacred Texts and Inter-Religious Dialogue
Subtitle: Seeking for a Biblical Paradigm Using the Case of Jonah
Author(s): ANTWI, Emmanuel Kojo Ennim
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 31 Issue: 1 Date: 2021
Religious plurality has become a reality of the 21st century. The interpretation of sacred texts however seems to be a hindrance in the relationship among people of different faiths. Some religions keep to their traditions and sacred texts with exclusive tendencies that pose a challenge to intra- and inter-religious dialogue. This paper explores the role of the interpretation of Judeo-Christian scriptures in promoting intra- and inter-religious dialogue for harmony and mutual co-existence among people of different faiths. Using the book of Jonah as a model, the paper demonstrates through narrative analysis how the interpretation of a sacred text could help promote intra- and inter-religious dialogue. It calls for a paradigm of interpretation of sacred texts that aims at bringing peace and harmony, rather than seeking to divide people of different religious and social backgrounds.