The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African Christianity

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According to some estimates, Africa will soon have the highest concentration of Christians in the world. But African Christianity has had a long and conflicted history. Even today, modern misinterpretations of Scripture argue for God's curse upon the dark-skinned peoples of Africa.

In this comprehensive study, Keith Burton traces the story of biblical Africa and the place of the Bible in the land of Ham. Beginning with the Old Testament, he explores the geography of biblical ...

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Overview

According to some estimates, Africa will soon have the highest concentration of Christians in the world. But African Christianity has had a long and conflicted history. Even today, modern misinterpretations of Scripture argue for God's curse upon the dark-skinned peoples of Africa.

In this comprehensive study, Keith Burton traces the story of biblical Africa and the place of the Bible in the land of Ham. Beginning with the Old Testament, he explores the geography of biblical Africa and moves beyond stereotypical discussions of African ethnicity and identity. He then chronicles the African presence in the church from the New Testament onward, paying particular attention to the growth of Islam in Africa as well as the impact of European colonialism and the slave trade. Coming to the modern era, he examines the achievements of African Christianity and visionary efforts to adapt and reclaim Christianity for the African context.

Burton invites readers to discover anew the relevance of the biblical narrative for African Christians as well as Scripture's influence on African Christianity. This invigorating work places the story of the Bible and African Christianity in a wider global context and challenges readers to think differently about history and the biblical world.

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Editorial Reviews

J. N. K. Mugambi
"This is a very interesting book to read, very creatively crafted, well written, and adequately documented. . . . No reader will be disappointed after perusing its lucid pages."
Ukachukwu Chris Manus
"This is indeed a landmark publication as it is an invaluable contribution on the specificity of African Christian theology that has blossomed in the last thirty-five years since J. S. Mbiti's seminal article of 1972. I wholeheartedly commend The Blessing of Africa to all, especially Africans and African Americans who want to appreciate the Bible as the basis of African Christianity and its theology in the world today."
Charles E. Bradford
"Keith Augustus Burton, in his new volume, The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African Christianity, helps us to see that all roads do not lead to Rome. There is at least one highway that tends southward toward Ethiopia and even to the lands beyond its rivers. As Augustine said, 'God hath foretold that the Church should be in Africa.'
Dr. Burton's familiarity with the sources and his broad historical view make it possible for him to paint a vivid picture of Yahweh's word at work in the 'land of Ham.' In a day when historians, religion teachers, journalists and even filmmakers are rushing to grasp the significance of Africa's sudden turn toward Christianity, Burton makes solid sense of what is happening biblically, theologically and historically. He deserves our thanks. You will agree as you read it."
Craig S. Keener
"I found this book fascinating and have learned from it considerably, both on matters I have previously studied and on material that was new to me. On points where my views differ, Burton has challenged and stimulated my thinking."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830827626
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2007
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Augustus Burton (Ph.D., Northwestern) is president of Life Heritage Ministries. He is also adjunct instructor of religion at the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences and coordinator for the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University, where he previously served as a professor of theology.

His books include Rhetoric, Law and the Mystery of Salvation in Romans 7:1-6, The Compassion of the Christ and Faith Factor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
IntroductionPart One. The Land of Ham: Defining Biblical Africa
1. The Table of Nations in Genesis 10
2. Defining the Territory of Cush
3. Defining the Territory of Misrayim
4. Defining the Territory of CanaanPart Two. Family Reunion: Africans in the Bible
5. Identifying the Africans in Cush
6. Identifying the Africans in Misrayim
7. Identifying the Africans in CanaanPart Three. Growing Pains: The Bible in Emerging African Christianity
8.The Development of Christianity in Palestine
9. The Development of Christianity in North Africa
10. The Development of Christianity in Arabia and EthiopiaPart Four. Total Eclipse: Islam's Distortion of the Biblical Message
11. The Influence of the Bible on the Koran
12. The Growth of Islam in Biblical AfricaPart Five: Hostile Takeover: Europe's Manipulation of the Biblical Message
13. The European Crusade Against Islam
14. The Struggle for Control in the Ethiopian Church
15. Mission and Colonization in Sub-Saharan AfricaPart Six. Free at Last: The Bible and African Liberation
16. The Decline of Christianity in Islamic Africa
17. The Shortcomings of Ethiopian Christianity
18. The Impact of Christianity on Sub-Saharan AfricaConclusion
Appendix 1. Descendants of Ham and the Modern Locations of their Assigned Territories
Appendix 2. Shared Blessings: Hamo-Semitic Africans in the Land of Cush
Works Cited
Subject Index
Author Index
Name Index
Scripture Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    The hallmark of this book is two-fold: [1] its redefinition of what territorially constitutes ¿biblical Africa¿ and [2] its identification of Put with sub-Saharan. Capitalizing on the tendency to equate Ham[ites] with Africa[ns] as evidenced by the common misconception that Noah¿s curse targeted Ham and thus the Africans, the author proposes that his readers consider the equation of ¿biblical Africa¿ with the ¿land of Ham.¿ Understood as such, ¿biblical Africa¿ would therefore encompass all the territories traditionally associated with the descendants of Ham as reflected in the ¿Table of Nations.¿ These regions include Saudi Arabia [associated with Seba, Sabteca, Sabtah, Dedan and Havilah], Yemen [associated with Sheba and Raamah], Iraq [associated with Babylon, Erech, Akkad, Calneh, and Assyria], Egypt/Sudan [associated with Misrayim], Ethiopia [associated with Cush], Libya [associated with the Lehabites, Naphtuhites,and Pathrusites], Crete [associated with Caphtorites], Israel/Palestine [associated with Canaan], Lebanon [associated with Sidon, Hivites,and Arkites], Turkey [associated with Hittites], Jordan [associated with Amorites], and Syria [associated with Arvadites]. In other words, an equation of ¿biblical Africa¿ with the ¿land of Ham¿ expands the definition of what encompasses Africa and who constitutes an African to include not just the continent of Africa and its dwellers, but parts of the Middle East and their respective citizens. Having argued for a broader definition of ¿biblical Africa¿ [part one, chapters 1-4] and catalogued the Africans in the Bible assuming the broader definition [part two, chapters 5-7], the book takes and maintains to the very end a historical slant during which the following historical topics are discussed: [a] the development of Christianity in biblical Africa [part three, chapters 8-10], [b] the growth of Islam in biblical Africa [part four, chapters 11-12], [c] the impact of European colonialism on biblical Africa [part five. Chapters 13-15] and [d] the place of the Bible in present-day biblical Africa [part six, chapters 16-18]. Even if the reader does not buy into the author¿s attempt to promote a broad definition of what geographically constitutes biblical Africa and consequently who composes an African biblically, this book remains a wonderful resource to students of church history and students of the Bible in general.

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