The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African Christianity

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 25, 2007 - History - 294 pages
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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.
  

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I have read many documentaries and books regarding Africa and its impact on ancient and modern culture and religion. This book continues that insight and provides even more clarity on the impact that ... Read full review

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The hallmark of this book is two-fold: (a) its redefinition of what territorially constitutes biblical Africa and (b) its identification of Put with sub-Saharan Africa. Capitalizing on the tendency to ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
11
THE LAND OF HAM Defining Biblical Africa
17
The Table of Nations in Genesis 10
27
Defining the Territory of Cush
30
Defining the Territory of Misrayim
41
Defining the Territory of Canaan
47
FAMILY REUNION Africans in the Bible
57
The Influence of the Bible on the Quran
149
The Growth of Islam in Biblical Africa
156
HOSTILE TAKEOVER Europes Manipulation of the Biblical Message
173
The European Crusade Against Islam
175
The Struggle for Control in the Ethiopian Church
186
Mission and Colonization in SubSaharan Africa
196
FREE AT LAST The Bible and African Liberation
207
The Decline of Christianity in Islamic Africa
209

Identifying the Africans in Cush
61
Identifying the Africans in Misrayim
73
Identifying the Africans in Canaan
91
GROWING PAINS The Bible in Emerging African Christianity
111
The Development of Christianity in Palestine
115
The Development of Christianity in Egypt and North Africa
123
The Development of Christianity in Arabia and Ethiopia
135
TOTAL ECLIPSE Islams Distortion of the Biblical Message
145
The Shortcomings of Ethiopian Christianity
217
The Impact of Christianity on SubSaharan Africa
227
Conclusion
245
Descendants of Ham and the Modern Locations
250
Works Cited
263
Author and Names Index
280
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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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