The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African ChristianityKeith Augustus BurtonInterVarsity Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback$22.50 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Chester Cassel5 Stars Out Of 5March 30, 2010Chester CasselI 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 the Hamitic line has had on shaping the world and cultures we know today. A worthing reading for everyone.
Nicholas Oyugi Odhiambo4 Stars Out Of 5July 9, 2008Nicholas Oyugi OdhiamboThe 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 equate Ham(ites) with Africa(ns) as evidenced by the common misconception that Noahs 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, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt/Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya, Crete, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Syria. 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 cataloged 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 authors 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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