Praying through the Lord’s Prayer with Meaning and Significance: Mother-tongue Theological Hermeneutical Study of Mathew 6:9-13

John Kwasi Fosu

Issue: Vol.5  No.7 September 2023 Article 2  pp. 112-124
DOI :  |   Published online 15th September, 2023
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The Lord’s Prayer seems to be the best-known prayer among Christian communities. In liturgical contexts, it appears to be the most memorized and recited text of the New Testament.  The popularity of the Lord’s Prayer, on one hand, indicates its significance within Christianity. On the other hand, its popularity implies that many people recite it without reflecting on its theological meaning and significance. The main purpose of this work was to read the Matthean text of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) from the perspective of the Akan mother-tongue theological hermeneutics. The paper thus joins with a contemporary few selected voices in the African exegetical enterprise to suggest that a mother-tongue theological hermeneutical reading of scripture contributes to an enhanced understanding of biblical texts which is of ecumenical relevance in the contemporary glocal (global and local) contexts.

Keywords: The Lord’s Prayer, Mother-tongue, Theological Hermeneutics, Akan, Matthew 6:9-13

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Rev. Dr. John Kwasi Fosu (Dr. theol., University of Hamburg) is a Senior Lecturer in New Studies and Intercultural Theology at the Ghana Baptist University College. Dr. Fosu is also the Executive Director of Glocal Compassion gGmbH, Germany.

Fosu, J.K. “Praying through the Lord’s Prayer with Meaning and Significance: Mother-tongue Theological Hermeneutical Study of Mathew 6: 9-13,” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 5, no.7(2023):112-124.

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