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Title:Jesus with the face of an ancestor
Author:Akrong, Abraham
Year:2006
Periodical:The Ghana Bulletin of Theology (ISSN 0855-7942)
Volume:1
Issue:1
Period:July
Pages:20-36
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African theology
Jesus Christ
ancestor worship
inculturation
religion
Jesus Christ--Person and offices
Abstract:The author works out a conceptual scheme for the appropriation and understanding of Jesus Christ and His work of salvation from the perspective of the status, roles and functions of ancestors. He contends that Christ does not require Africans to reject their identity and ignore their concerns in order to receive a prefabricated image of Jesus Christ from elsewhere. He opts for a Christology of empowerment from a postcolonial African perspective and argues that interweaving the concerns raised by the Christologies of enculturation and liberation can help Africans to reclaim their identity as God's children who are called into a discipleship that liberates and transforms. The author proposes the methodology of analogical correlation based on the premise that God deals with people in their various cultural contexts in plural forms. He illustrates his argument with examples from Ghana. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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