The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African Christianity (Paperback)

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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 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.

About the Author

Keith Augustus Burton (Ph.D., Northwestern) is president of Life Heritage Ministries. He is also an adjunct instructor of religion at the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, and previously served as a professor of theology at Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780830827626
ISBN-10: 0830827625
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publication Date: July 25th, 2007
Pages: 294
Language: English