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The interpretation of the Last Supper Rite by the St. John Apostolic Faith Mission Church of Bapong: the case for an Afro-Biblical hermeneutics

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dc.contributor.advisor Masoga, M. A.
dc.contributor.advisor Netshandama, V. O.
dc.contributor.advisor Thobeejane, T. D.
dc.contributor.author Mogale, Herman Kelebogile
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-07T14:21:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-07T14:21:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1153
dc.description MAAS
dc.description Centre for African Studies
dc.description.abstract The link between Africa and the Bible goes back several centuries before the birth of Christ. As most key African scholars such as Mbiti and Mulago once asserted, Africa is incurably religious. This assertion although sounding a bit generalised, somehow provides one with insightful perspectives about how Africa’s religiosity evolved through time. The narrative of the Last Supper is biblically located and has assumed new character, form and function in various church settings. Interestingly (recently) a number of local African Initiated Church (AICs) have adopted the practice of Holy Communion as part of their worship services. In this case special times and sacred spaces are defined to demonstrate the significance of conducting this special part of the worship. Having interacted with a number of leaders and members of some of these local AICs one gets an impression that both the ‘idea of Christ’ is differently conceived and constructed as compared with other so called established or mainline churches. It was this idea or the constructed image of Christ that created the interest to look at how these local churches look or imagine Christ. Christ in this case becomes the owner of the buffet or feast and he epitomises unity, family, reconciliation, values of botho etc. The research site for this study was the St. John Apostolic Faith Mission of Bapong in the North West Province in South Africa. Grounded theory was used in both providing the theoretical framework and methodological foci of the research study. The study recommended that existing images of Christ should be recorded for the purpose of the church life history. These should be recorded from one generation to the next. Also African Christologies should penetrate every church in the community and be utilized. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 71 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject African biblical hermeneutics en_US
dc.subject African Christology en_US
dc.subject African Initiated Churches en_US
dc.subject African religion en_US
dc.subject African Theology en_US
dc.title The interpretation of the Last Supper Rite by the St. John Apostolic Faith Mission Church of Bapong: the case for an Afro-Biblical hermeneutics en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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