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Title: Abraham as Spiritual Ancestor: A Postcolonial Zimbabwean Reading of Romans 4
Author: Kamudzandu, Israel
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004181649
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 265
List Price in Cloth: $146.00 Our price: $123.99
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New Testament commentaries and exegetes have not paid sufficient attention to the context in which Paul's Epistel to the Romans was crafted. This book written from an African perspective offers a fresh interpretation on a contextualizing reading of Romans and its theology. The argument of the book is that Paul's construcntion of Abraham as a Spiritual ancestor of 'all' faith people was based on his encounter with the Roman Ideology based on Aeneas as the founder of Rome. A juxtaposition of these two canonical ancestors needs to be considered in our 21st multi--ethnic Christian world. Paul's epitsle is not about how God saves the individual human being; rather the debate between Paul and the Jewish--Christian interlocutor is about how families of people and nations establish a kinship with God and one another. The concern with ancestors is apaque to Western Biblical readers and Christians. This is book helps both Westerners and Africans to value ethnic diversity.