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The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God: Umuntu Wasezulwini Nabantu Abahle Bakankulunkulu : Writings from Ibandla Lamanazaretha, a South African Church (Studies of Religion in Africa)

Gunner, Elizabeth

Editore: Brill Academic Pub, 2002
ISBN 10: 9004125426 / ISBN 13: 9789004125421
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Titolo: The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of ...

Casa editrice: Brill Academic Pub

Data di pubblicazione: 2002

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Riassunto: A study of the role of Africans in the growth and process of Christianity in South Africa in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In particular it provides an insight into the role of writing and literacy in the church founded by the South African prophet, Isaiah Shembe, in 1910. The work provides a contextualizing introduction which includes discussion of the church's history and its position in contemporary South Africa, and weaves in discussion of the topics of literacy and modernity. The text then moves to three documents, presented in their language of composition, Zulu, and in an English translation. The three "books", each from Shembe's Nazareth Baptist Church, provide the reader with an insight into the growth and organization of one of southern Africa's most influential African churches, and into the use and interpretation of the Bible by the church's founder, Isaiah Shembe, and by church members. Central to the writings is the complex presence of Shembe, present both through his own words in the first book and, in the second book, through the memory of Meshack Hadebe, a member of the church in the 1920s and 1930s. The extracts in the third book provide a glimpse of the church's hymnal and the unique religious poetry of the hymns, authored by Shembe.

Sinossi: The introduction sets Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Baptist Church in the context of contemporary South African religion, social history and politics and offers a new reading of the importance of place, memory and literacy in the early history of the church. The three texts in Zulu and English, from the 1920s and 1930s, open a window onto the intellectual and religious life, and the social organisation of this important African church. Marriage, adultery, healing, the priesthood, visions, the role of women, national identity are among the topics these texts engage with.

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