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ISBN: 9781839732317
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 18
Publication Date: 28/02/2023
Pages: 328
Language: English

Drums of Redemption

A New Testament Theology for Africa


If the New Testament records the good news that the Messiah came in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, what good news does it proclaim to the church in Africa today?

Across the African continent, nations are grappling with issues of genocide, terrorism, political instability, ethnic division, abject poverty, environmental degradation, and the rapid erosion of community life and values. There is a dire need for New Testament theology that seriously addresses these social-political realities from an African perspective. Dr. Bitrus Sarma seeks to meet this need, providing a contextual understanding of the gospel for African Christians. Addressing every book of the New Testament, Drums of Redemption is contextually relevant, biblically rooted, and radically hope-filled as it casts a vision for how Christ’s redemptive mission can be experienced in every area of life. An excellent resource for church leaders in training or those already in ministry, it also serves as a powerful example of the incarnational nature of God’s word.

Author Bios

Bitrus A. Sarma

BITRUS A. SARMA is Provost of ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Nigeria, where he is also Professor of Biblical Studies (NT). He has a PhD from ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria, and has been involved in theological education for almost three decades. He has conducted postgraduate research at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and as a Research Scholar at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Global Research Institute, California, USA. He and his wife Sanatu are blessed with five children – Esther, Grace, Rejoice, David, and Victoria.


This New Testament theology considers the main themes of each New Testament book and applies these themes to the spiritual needs of the African continent. Scholarly, rich, simply written, Scripture focused, and spiritually uplifting. I highly recommend it.

John Hunt
ECWA Theological College, Tofa, Nigeria

African drums are a powerful means of communicating messages to their listeners. Prof. Bitrus Sarma employs this compelling symbol to communicate that the drums of redemption are the sound that echoes throughout the New Testament. He does this through listening, tracing, investigating, interpreting, applying, and relating the sound of the drums of redemption in the New Testament. This ground-breaking work is a superb contribution to New Testament scholarship.

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, PhD
South Africa Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

    1. Abbreviations
    2. Foreword
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. Introduction
  1. 1 Drums of Redemptive Theology
  2. 2 Drums of Theological Horizons in Africa
  3. 3 Drums of Redemption in the Synoptic Gospels (1)
  4. 4 Drums of Redemption in the Synoptic Gospels (2)
  5. 5 Drums of Redemption in the Synoptic Gospels (3)
  6. 6 Drums of Redemption in the Gospel of John
  7. 7 Drums of Redemption in the Acts of the Apostles
  8. 8 Drums of Redemption in Romans
  9. 9 Drums of Redemption in 1 Corinthians
  10. 10 Drums of Redemption in 2 Corinthians
  11. 11 Drums of Redemption in Galatians
  12. 12 Drums of Redemption in Ephesians
  13. 13 Drums of Redemption in Philippians
  14. 14 Drums of Redemption in Colossians
  15. 15 Drums of Redemption in 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  16. 16 Drums of Redemption in the Pastoral Epistles
  17. 17 Drums of Redemption in Philemon
  18. 18 Drums of Redemption in Hebrews
  19. 19 Drums of Redemption in James
  20. 20 Drums of Redemption in 1 Peter
  21. 21 Drums of Redemption in 2 Peter and Jude
  22. 22 Drums of Redemption in 1, 2, and 3 John
  23. 23 Drums of Redemption in Revelation
    1. Bibliography

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