Title

Towards a Biblical Theology of Gutpela Sindaun in the Kamea Context

Author

Unia K. Api

Publication Date

4-2018

Abstract

In this dissertation I matched gutpela sindaun, the ‘highest value’ in Melanesia, represented by the cognitive schema of Kamea people through their brand, with the Biblical schema of shalom. The purpose of my dissertation was to show how a Kamea understanding of gutpela sindaun enables them to appreciate Biblical shalom.

I used cognitive studies as it pertains to valuing a perspective of human wellbeing which is all about gutpela sindaun. I did a literature search to understand the schema of gutpela sindaun from a Melanesian perspective. This relates to a scriptural presentation of shalom using the analogy of a tree, which I call Shalom Tree. Understanding ‘human wellbeing’ from the Melanesian world and the Hebraic world helped me to enter the Kamea world to identify their brand of gutpela sindaun (which is yapmea awarmangardi) and helped them make adjustments only as the Biblical input challenges their understanding.

Using ethnographic methods, I had my participants discuss their experiences and then used that to derive their cognitive schema which, in turn, reveals their “understanding” about what they had to know in order to manifest/experience gutpela sindaun appropriate to their cultural expectations. Applying Grounded Theory in my data analysis, assisted me to present their brand of gutpela sindaun through the analogy of the Kamea creation tree, which I called the Haogka Code Tree.

Guided by the principles of Cognitive Theory, I then assisted I my participants to match shalom tree, what God’s view is of shalom (intent) with the haogka code tree, how they understand gutpela sindaun in light their understanding of shalom (inferences). What emerges from this exercise is their development of a hybrid schema, a new hybrid tree which I called the Kamea Kristen Tree.

I have done this dissertation from a methodological perspective that helps me understand the cognition of the Kamea group of people in respect to this topic. I am developing a methodology of helping Kamea people develop their own theology. This methodology can be used for other people groups in Melanesia to research Christian truths dynamically informed by cultural insights.

Mentor: R. Daniel Shaw

Degree Name

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

First Advisor

Shaw, R. Daniel

Date Uploaded

9-19-2018

Collection Number

DMiss1467E

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Api_fuller.dmiss_1467E_10087

Language

English

Keywords

Melanesia, Christianity, Doctrinal Theology, Shalom (The Hebrew word)

Disciplines

Missions and World Christianity

Rights

Material hosted by ProQuest subject to copyright

Comments

Material is subject to copyright.

ProQuest URL

https://search.proquest.com/docview/2046899769/F9D80649AA44191PQ/1?accountid=11008

Upload File

wf_no

Embargo Period

9-19-2018

Share

COinS