By Israel Kamudzandu
"Father Abraham had many sons . . ." So is going the refrain that the Shona humans discovered from ecu missionaries as a part of the wider adventure of colonization that they proportion with different African peoples. advised to desert their ancestors and include Christianity, the Shona in its place engaged in a posh and ambiguous negotiation of ancestral myths, tradition, and power.
Israel Kamudzandu explores this legacy, exhibiting how the Shona present in the determine of Abraham himself a effective source for cultural resistance, and makes fascinating comparisons with the methods the apostle Paul used an identical determine in his interplay with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the future of the Roman humans. the result's a groundbreaking examine that mixes the simplest tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu bargains finally a version of multi-cultural Christianity cast within the event of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
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Conclusion and Implications Bibliography Index of Names Index of Passages ABRAHAM OUR FATHER Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa Copyright © 2013 Fortress Press. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical articles or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission from the publisher. org/copyrights/ or write to Permissions, Augsburg Fortress, Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
Thus religious leaders and spirit mediums were the revolutionary forces that brought an end to British occupation. I contend that Shona people can be called Nehanda people because their political, social, and religious foundations are shaped and informed by the indomitable spirit and revolutionary prophetic stance of Nehanda, a female spiritual leader who resisted the imposition of British colonialism, which finally led to a postcolonial Zimbabwe in 1980. As a New Testament scholar from the Shona diaspora, I do not intend to speak on behalf of all the Shona people, however, nor do I suggest that their cultural theology has not changed.
12] Thus Nehanda is venerated in present-day Zimbabwe as the spiritual founder of a postcolonial Zimbabwe. Her status is similar to that of Aeneas (and of Abraham), and she must be accorded an honored place alongside such leading religious leaders from other ancient cultures. Virgil, as well as the poet of the Odyssey and Iliad, celebrates Aeneas as the founding father of Greeks and Romans.  Both Homer and Virgil represent a literary culture at its most authoritative. Their stories were learned by many in and around the Greco-Roman Empire, stamped on the memory of every literate person.
Abraham Our Father. Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa by Israel Kamudzandu