Building African Christian Marriages

Building African Christian Marriages

by Elijah Baloyi




Written for families and pastoral caregivers in Africa, this research-based study offers insights on topics such as lobolo (where a man pays the family of his fiancee for her hand in marriage), infertility, and the role of intervention in a marriage by the extended family. The book demonstrates how unjustly and unfairly certain African practices and traditions have been criticized, and it discusses some of the undesirable outcomes due to the ignorance behind the criticism. Based on years of pastoral counselling, the book brings together valuable information comparing Biblical truths with traditional African wisdom. This will be an invaluable guide to families seeking a balanced approach to African Christian marriage, and it offers solutions to various issues around the preparation for marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781868887347
Publisher: Unisa Press
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Chapter 1 Traditional obstacles in young African marriages 1

Chapter 2 Excessive family intervention in African marriages 9

Chapter 3 The influence of lobolo on the African marriage union 19

Chapter 4 The negative influence of infertility on young African marriages 35

Chapter 5 Some biblical teachings about marriage 43

Chapter 6 Conclusion 69

Appendix 73

References 85

Index 93

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