Abraham Our Father
Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa
Publication Year: 2013
"Father Abraham had many sons . . ." So goes the chorus that the Shona people learned from European missionaries as part of the broader experience of colonization that they share with other African peoples. Urged to abandon their ancestors and embrace Christianity, the Shona instead engaged in a complex and ambiguous negotiation of ancestral myths, culture, and power.
Israel Kamudzandu explores this legacy, showing how the Shona found in the figure of Abraham himself a potent resource for cultural resistance, and makes intriguing comparisons with the ways the apostle Paul used the same figure in his interaction with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the destiny of the Roman people. The result is a groundbreaking study that combines the best tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu offers at last a model of multi-cultural Christianity forged in the experience of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Other Books in the Series viiAcknowledgements ixPreface xiIntroduction 11. Empire, Gospel, and Culture 7...
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The Paul in Critical Contexts series offers cutting-edge reexaminationsMatthew V. Johnson, James A. Noel, and Demetrius K. Williams, editors...
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...I would like to thank the following people who assisted and took part in the production process of this book. First and foremost, I want to thank my colleague, mentor, and friend Professor Harold Washington, who encouraged me to continue doing research on postcolonial readings of the Bible, especially Pauline literature. His comments during our conversations greatly motivated me and set me on an adventure that resulted in this book...
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This book is about ancestry, spirituality, and culture among African Christiansin colonial and postcolonial Zimbabwe¢and about the surprising role the´gure of the apostle Paul played in the colonial and postcolonial periods.The experiences of the colonized, the processes they reinvented or copedwith, and how they identi´ed themselves in relation to colonial forces are...
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This book seeks to comprehend Paul⁄s theology in the contexts of othercultures, more speci´cally a particular culture: postcolonial Christianity inZimbabwe. This Christianity is not a stand-alone religion but a synthesis ofWestern and African cultures.1 Missionaries and colonial forces in Zimbabweduring the colonial period (1890¡1980) greatly overlooked the symbolic world...
1Empire, Gospel, and Culture
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Colonialism has led to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia andrelated intolerance, and . . . Africans and people of African descent,and people of Asian descent and indigenous peoples were victims ofRacial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (2001), no.To understand a nation, one must look at its history, culture, and religion,...
2Zimbabwe’s Religious CulturalConfigurations
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The period of colonial expansion and missionary education saw thetransformation of Shona religion, culture, identity, and social structures. Fromthe beginning, the educational process of both Africans and whites was theresponsibility of colonial administrators and missionaries. When WesternChristian missionaries came to Zimbabwe, their two main objectives were to...
3Postcolonial Shona Christianity
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Tfl‹ D „“ »‚„‹ › Pcurrency1»† ·‹ Cfl‚ „” currency1· ”¿The subject of ancestry and descent from a powerful ancestor or founderholds a central place in politics, religion, and social life.1 The Romans andGreeks of the Augustan era (fourth century '“‹) claimed a powerful pedigreefrom Aeneas.2 The apostle Paul, who represented the religious-social world...
4Aeneas—A Constructed Ancestor
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In the overarching story of the last three chapters, I have discussed issues ofpower, ancestry, and religious identity during and after colonial domination.Focusing on the power of ancestors, this chapter will consider the constructionand reinvention of Aeneas as an ancestor of both Greeks and Romans of theAugustan era. Chapter 5 will then focus on the juxtaposition of Aeneas and...
5Aeneas and Abraham Paradigms
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Throughout this book I have argued that ancestral practices¢moresmaiorum¢are important signatures upon which cultures of the world seek topreserve the traditions of the past and use them to inform and guide both thepresent and the future. I have argued that Paul, as well as his communities ofJews, Greeks, and Romans, were aware of ancestor traditions, especially the...
6Conclusion and Implications
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The argument of this work has been to describe how Paul⁄s construction ofAbraham in Romans assisted Africans to appreciate Christianity, not as a foreignreligion, but as one that was in alignment with African traditional religion.The Aeneas-Abraham paradigm is new, and it ´ts the experience of AfricanChristianity. This comparison is powerful because Paul did what Christians do....
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Index of Passages
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Paul in Critical Contexts
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