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ISBN: 9781839735325
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 24
Publication Date: 31/10/2021
Pages: 478
Series: Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series
Language: English

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Christology in Africa

£24.99

For the church, there can be no more significant question than Christ’s Who do you say that I am? It is the cornerstone upon which all of Christian faith and praxis must stand.

In this volume, the sixth from the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, contributors explore the question of Christ’s identity – and its implications for the global church – from a distinctly African perspective. Engaging biblical studies, church history, and applications for missions, discipleship, and inter-religious dialogue, these essays utilize African hermeneutics and rich cultural perspectives to shed light on Christ’s contextual relevance for Africa and for the world. The final section is dedicated to the memory of John S. Mbiti, the father of modern African theology, who passed away in 2019.

Author Bios

Rodney L. Reed
(Edited By)

RODNEY L. REED is a missionary educator who has been serving at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2001. Currently, he is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Department of Religion for nine years. He holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from Drew University and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.

David K. Ngaruiya
(Edited By)

DAVID K. NGARUIYA is an Associate Professor and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of PhD in Theological Studies Program at International Leadership University. He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as chair of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (2015–2016). He has published journal and book articles and served as co-editor and contributor to Communities of Faith in Africa and African Diaspora (Pickwick Publications, 2013) and was a director of the research study that produced African Christian Leadership (Langham Global Library, 2019).

Endorsements

Navigating the labyrinth of African christological narratives that present Christ inter-alia as revealer, mediator, emancipator and finally judge, the writers, with consummate hermeneutical dexterity provide a biblical African narrative of who Christ is – a narrative that is not revealed by “flesh or blood.Consequently, this book connects the experiential narratives of Christ to his wholistic divine description as “Christ, the Son of the Living God.” The added portion relating to Mbiti’s life, times and work provides a succinct model of African scholarship for emerging African theologians and for the many who want to remain and live as authentic Christian Africans. This is a clear approach to the muddy waters of African Christology and a must-read for all who care about the Christian African faith.

John Jusu, PhD
Regional Director for Anglophone Africa,
Overseas Council International

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Part One: Christ in the Bible
    1. 1 Marital Infidelity through an African Women’s Christological Hermeneutic
      1. A Dramatized Rereading of the Narrative of the Woman Caught in Adultery (John 7:53 – 8:11)
        1. Telesia K. Musili
    2. 2 An East African Perspective on Jesus as Revealer of the Father through His Use of the Friend at Midnight Parable as a Means for Teaching Powerful Prayer (Luke 11:1–13)
        1. Timothy J. Monger
    3. 3 Embracing Hybridity in Imaging Christ for Egalitarian Church Leadership through a Rereading of John 4:1–42
        1. Lydia Chemei
    4. 4 Exploring the Multidimensional Nature of Christology in Galatians through the Lens of an African Hermeneutic
        1. Elizabeth W. Mburu
    5. 5 The Crucified and Cursed Christ as the Ultimate Curse-Remover in Galatians 3:1–14 and Its Implications
        1. Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi
    6. 6 The Benefaction of the Messiah as the Supreme King in the Context of the Greco-Roman Ethic of Reciprocity
      1. An Exegetical Analysis of Romans 5:6–8
        1. Enoch O. Okode
    7. 7 Paul’s Use of Μιμηταί and Its Relationship to His Christology
        1. Gift Mtukwa
    8. 8 A Christological Reading of Ephesians 5:21–33
      1. Christ as a Model for Married Men in Africa
        1. Moses Iliya Ogidis
  4. Part Two: Christ in Theology and Church History
    1. 9 Christology in Africa En Route
      1. Encounter between Biblical and Indigenous African Concepts
        1. Daniel Mwailu
    2. 10 Jewish Messianism of the Intertestamental Period and Christological Confessions of the Early Church and Their Implications for African Christology
        1. Juliana Nzuki and Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi
    3. 11 The Unitive Understanding of the Person of Christ in Cyril of Alexandria’s Christology and Its Relevance for Contemporary African Christianity
        1. Henry Marcus Garba
    4. 12 Who Are You for Us, Yesu Kristo? Christological Confessions of the Early Church in Contemporary Africa
      1. A Methodological Question
        1. John Michael Kiboi
    5. 13 Jesus Christ as Ker
      1. Toward an African High Priest Christology
        1. E. Okelloh Ogera
    6. 14 The Forgiven and Forgiving Body of Christ
      1. Musekura’s Communal Perspective on Forgiveness in Dialogue with African Wisdom
        1. Stephanie A. Lowery
    7. 15 African Images of Christ
      1. “Jesus as Healer”: Narratives and Treatable but as Yet Incurable Illness
        1. Thandi Soko-de Jong
  5. Part Three: Christ in Praxis
    1. 16 Who Do You See and Say That I Am?
      1. Responses of Thirty-Seven St. Paul’s University Staff and Students after Viewing Drawings of Jesus from African Posters to Teach the Bible and Vie de Jésus Mafa
        1. Rowland D. Van Es Jr.
    2. 17 “Missionaries Did Not Bring Christ to Africa – Christ Brought Them” (Bediako/Mbiti)
      1. Christ’s Lordship in Mission in African Theology
        1. Alistair I. Wilson
    3. 18 Jesus in Islam
      1. A Theological Argument with a Missional Response
        1. Lawrence Oseje
    4. 19 Jesus in Islam
      1. Meaning and Theological Implications for Christian–Muslim Engagement
        1. Billy Chilongo Sichone
  6. Part Four: Tributes to the Late Professor John S. Mbiti
    1. 20 John Mbiti’s Perspective on Theological and Missiological Issues with Respect to Christianity and African Traditional Religion
        1. David K. Ngaruiya
    2. 21 Reflection on John S. Mbiti
        1. Esther Mombo
    3. 22 The Life and Legacy of the Late John S. Mbiti
      1. A Tribute
        1. James Nkansah-Obrempong
    4. 23 A Tribute to John S. Mbiti
        1. Jesse N. K. Mugambi
    5. 24 A Tribute to John S. Mbiti
        1. Samuel Ngewa
  7. List of Contributors
  8. Subject Index
  9. Scripture Index

Contributors

Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi

Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi holds a PhD in Theological Studies (New Testament) from Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, he is a lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies at Kabarak University, Kenya. In the past, he served as a local church pastor and as a chaplain in a mission hospital and nursing college. He is also the Founder and Director of ShahidiHub Africa, a Christian organization that deals with news perspectives, Christian research and publications.


Lydia Chemei

Lydia Chemei is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of East Africa. She received her Master of Theology from the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands. She is pursuing a PhD in New Testament at St. Paul’s University, Kenya, where she is also an adjunct faculty member.


Henry Marcus Garba

Henry Marcus Garba is a pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Nigeria. He attended Kagoro ECWA Theological College and ECWA Theological Seminary in Kwara State, Nigeria, and Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a master’s degree in Church History.


John Michael Kiboi

John Michael Kiboi is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, serving as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Dogmatic Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Previously he served as a parish priest in the diocese of Bungoma and as Principal at Wycliffe Centre for Theology. Currently, he is the Leader of PhD programs in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University.


Stephanie A. Lowery

STEPHANIE A. LOWERY is a lecturer in theology and coordinator of the BTh and DTh programs at Africa International University. She also teaches at Kalamba School of Leadership, as well as serving part-time in the Kalamba church district. She grew up in Kenya and considers Ukambani home. Her research interests include African theologies, African ecclesiological models, missional theology and hermeneutics, and the Trinity.


Elizabeth Mburu

ELIZABETH MBURU was the first woman to gain a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Carolina, USA. She is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at International Leadership University, Africa International University and Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Mburu is on the board of the Africa Bible Commentary and is the editorial coordinator and New Testament editor for its revision, as well as the Africa Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature. Professor Mburu is also the author of Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism, T & T Clark, 2010 and a contributor to all three books published so far in the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series from Langham Global Library: Christianity and Suffering, 2017, African Contextual Realities, 2018, and Governance and Christian Higher Education in the African Context, 2019.


Esther Mombo

Esther Mombo is a Professor at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. She teaches in the Faculty of Theology of St. Paul’s University and her research interests span the fields of church history, and theology and gender in church and society. She is a founder member of the Tamar Campaign in Kenya, a mechanism that seeks to acknowledge the existence of gender-based violence in the society and empower and facilitate churches to address this concern. She is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She is a graduate of St. Paul’s University, University of Dublin, and University of Edinburgh.


Timothy John Monger

Timothy J. Monger works with Amigos Charity which equips churches in northern Uganda for integral mission. Previously he was a missionary in Tanzania, serving from 2010 to 2020 with Emmanuel International, which equips churches in mission among the poor, and was the Country Director from 2018 to 2020. He was also a part-time lecturer at St. Paul College, Mwanza, Tanzania. He received his Master of Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.


Gift Mtukwa

GIFT MTUKWA earned his PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is lecturer and department chair in the school of Religion and Christian Ministry at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya, where he teaches biblical studies, New Testament Greek, and Christian ethics. Dr. Mtukwa is an ordained minister with the Church of the Nazarene and currently serves as lead pastor at the University Church of the Nazarene, Nairobi, Kenya.


Jesse N. K. Mugambi

Jesse N. K. Mugambi has a BA in Education, MA in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion (Nairobi University). He is a Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Science (FKNAS), and an Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS). Dr Mugambi retired in February 2021 as Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he had taught since 1977. His academic specializations include Philosophy of Religion; Phenomenology of Religion; Applied Ethics; Communication Policy and Planning; Religion and Ecology; Comparative Study of Religions; African Religion and Culture; Ecumenical Studies; History of Christianity; and Contemporary Christian Theology. His publication profile stretches across this range of specializations. His professional training and practice is in Education, Ecumenical Relations, and Communication Policy and Planning.

He has spent most of his life in his country, Kenya, where he was born, brought up and educated, with short stints in Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, UK, and USA. In addition to academic duties he is a senior consultant in Higher Education; Ecumenical Relations; Interfaith Relations; Applied Ethics; Ecology and Multi-Media Communication.


Telesia Kathini Musili

Telesia Kathini Musili is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi. She holds a master’s in Religious Studies from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium; a PhD from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University (KU), Nairobi, Kenya; and a master’s in Bioethics from Atlantic International University, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her research interests revolve around ethics and religious research on HIV/AIDS and sexuality, bioethics, sexuality studies and biomedical ethics. She is currently the Kenyan coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.


Daniel M. Mwailu

Daniel M. Mwailu has been an Adjunct Professor in Theology and Biblical Studies at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya, since 2011. He received his BA (Hons.) in Theology and MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation from London School of Theology, UK. He was awarded a PhD in Theology by Birmingham University, UK, in 1989 with a dissertation on Christology in Africa. He is a minister in the Methodist Church of Great Britain where he has served for twenty-six years, thirteen of which as superintendent minister and eight years as local preachers’ tutor. He has also served as associate chaplain at the University of Birmingham.


Samuel Ngewa

Samuel M. Ngewa is Dean of the Graduate School at Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Biblical Interpretation from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, USA, and has published numerous works on New Testament studies. He is on the pastoral team at Africa Inland Church Lang’ata in Nairobi.


James Nkansah-Obrempong

James Nkansah is a Professor of Theology and Ethics at Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya, where he has been serving since 2003. Since 2010 he has been the Dean of Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST). Before that he was the Head of Theology Department for eight years. He holds a PhD in Theological Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. He is the Chair of the Theological Commission of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and the Vice-Chair of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission.


Juliana Nzuki

Juliana Nzuki is a pastor with the Africa Inland Church–Kenya. She holds a MDiv in Biblical and Theological Studies from International Leadership University. Currently she is a Lecturer and the Head of Theology and Biblical Studies at Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya. Prior to that, she served as a local church pastor and part-time lecturer at International Leadership University.


Okelloh Ogera

OKELLOH OGERA holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on African Christianity and is an Adjunct Lecturer within the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul’s University. He is currently engaged in researching “Mega Churches in the Global South” organized by the John Templeton Foundation. He is also an ordained priest in the Anglican Church.


Moses Iliya Ogidis

MOSES ILIYA OGIDIS is a minister with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nigeria. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Theology (New Testament) at St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya.


Enoch O. Okode

ENOCH O. OKODE has been serving as a lecturer at Scott Christian University (SCU) in Machakos, Kenya, since 2009. Currently, he is the Dean of the School of Theology, a position he has held since 2020. Prior to that, he served as the Head of Biblical and Theological Studies for three years. He holds a PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies (New Testament) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA.


Lawrence Odhiambo Oseje

Lawrence Oseje is a Langham Scholar and earned his PhD in Interreligious Studies from Africa International University (AIU). He is an ordained minister of the gospel and has served as a pastor for twelve years in one of the largest cities in Kenya. He pioneered a department in Islam for Missions and Ministry in Uganda Christian University (UCU). Currently he is a lecturer and adjunct faculty in Missions and Interreligious Studies at a number of other universities and seminaries across Africa, including Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya; Africa College of Theology, Kigali, Rwanda; and Regent University in the USA. His travels in many nations of the world training pastors, missionaries and other Christian leaders have given him a richer appreciation of people and their cultural values. Lawrence is married to Dorcas, and together they are blessed with three children, Jael, Emmanuel and Rosebell.


Billy Chilongo Sichone

BILLY CHILONGO SICHONE is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Central Africa Baptist University, Kitwe, Zambia. Prior to his current appointment, Billy served in various capacities at the university including Vice President for Academic Affairs, Head of Research/Library and as a member of Senior Faculty in Theology and Business. He also served with World Vision International- Zambia for seventeen years.


Thandi Soko-de Jong

THANDI SOKO-DE JONG is a PhD student at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen, the Netherlands. She is also a tutor at the Foundation Academy of Amsterdam, a position she has held since 2019. She holds an MTh in Theology and Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and a Research Master in African Studies from the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands.


Rowland van Es

ROWLAND VAN ES is a mission partner of Reformed Church Global Mission who has been serving at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, since 2004. Currently, he is the Interim Head of Department for History, Missions, Religion and Practical Theology. Prior to 2004 he and his wife Jane also served in the Gambia, Malawi and Sierra Leone. He has an MDiv and a ThM from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and an MA from Michigan State University. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America.


Billy Chilongo Sichone

BILLY CHILONGO SICHONE is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Central Africa Baptist University, Kitwe, Zambia. Prior to his current appointment, Billy served in various capacities at the university including Vice President for Academic Affairs, Head of Research/Library and as a member of Senior Faculty in Theology and Business. He also served with World Vision International- Zambia for seventeen years.


Alistair I. Wilson

ALISTAIR WILSON is a lecturer in Mission and New Testament at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, Edinburgh, Scotland, in the United Kingdom. He is also Extraordinary Researcher, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of SA Society, North-West University, South Africa.


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