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Title: INTERPRETING THE GOOD SHEPHERD DISCOURSE IN JOHN 10:1-18 WITH A FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA
Authors: JOOLI, COSMAS
Keywords: Discourse, Leadership, John
Good Shepherd, Contemporary Nigeria
Issue Date: 27-Feb-2020
Abstract: The biblical concept of ‘shepherd’ connotes the imagery for leadership. The Good Shepherd Discourse in John 10:1-18 along with its Old Testament background in Ezekiel 34:1-31 occured in the context of the polemics against bad leadership structures in Israel in that the powers that be wanted to maintain the status quo. The text has enjoyed wide readership and appreciation but has also suffered severe mis-interpretation that forms the basis of the problem of this research. Scholars were seldom unanimous about its meaning especially the meaning of paroimia “proverb” or more generally a mãsãl in Hebrew, which can mean “proverb” or “riddle,” or using the familiar synoptic term, a parable. The problem was further aggravated in the pictorial usage of three different imagery: Sheepfold, Door and Good shepherd. What could be the best form of interpretation of the different imagery. The study aimed at providing the correct interpretation to the text in spite of the different images and symbols used. It was also discussed as a model of leadership and leaders were urged to see what the “Good Shepherd” does and bring it to bear on their exercise of power and authority. The researcher had used the historico-critical and synchronic methods of biblical exegesis in order to unravel the text. The biblical methods were adopted because they give a broader exploration of the text in its historical and cultural milieu and a more in-depth interpretation of the text in view. In order to contextualize the interpretation, the study looked at the challenges of leadership in Nigeria. The study found out that lack of Content, Character and Competence, absence of the spirit of sacrifice, corruption, ethnicity have negatively shaped leadership in Nigeria. This work therefore recommended: that leaders must imbibe the attributes and qualities of the Good Shepherd such as the disposition to sacrifice and lay down one’s life as they take up political leadership. Their engagement in leadership should not be for self-aggrandizement but as sacrifice for the common good and the evolution of a new political culture to checkmate corruption, emphasize propriety, recognize the place of morality in politics, transparency and accountability. The study had therefore, recommended the biblical image of the “Good Shepherd” in John 10:1-18 as a universal leadership model to supplant the current concept and practice of political leadership characterized by selfishness, greed and insensitivity to the problems of the people and the looting of the commonwealth with impunity. A thorough leadership recruitment process through free and fair elections would lead to the emergence of the best leadership materials that will provide the desired leadership as exemplified by the Good Shepherd.
Description: Comparing Nigerian Leadership to the Biblical Good Shepherd Discourse in John 10:1-18
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/555
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