Matangi teka (wind shift): Reading the Commission of Abram from Pasifika

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Matangi teka (when the wind shifts), in Pasifika, is an opportunity to rethink how to live and behave. When the wind shifts, island people (for the sake of survival) respond appropriately. Based upon such an awareness, this article invites matangi teka (wind shift) in the act of interpretation, in the consideration of traditional readings and theologies, and in the understanding and practices of discipleship. I do these by reading the commission of Abram, and the shifting of his mission, in Genesis 12. He was called on a mission of blessing for other families, and he shifted things so that he wins and controls the blessings for himself and his family. He did (in the text) a matangi teka on Yhwh and (beyond the text) on generations of readers; this article is an invitation to shift the wind from Abram in return.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-267
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Review of Mission
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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