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Inside the whirlwind : the book of Job through African eyes

Author: Jason A Carter; Andrew F Walls
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, [2017]
Series: African Christian studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How would ordinary African Christians interpret the figure and book of Job--the quintessential biblical book on suffering--from contexts of extreme poverty, tropical disease, and rampant suffering? How do African Christians culturally understand issues of theodicy and the nature of evil? What role does the devil play in African Pentecostalism? How does the biblical lament empower faith and foster hope for people  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason A Carter; Andrew F Walls
ISBN: 9781498230698 1498230695 9781498230711 1498230717
OCLC Number: 961151893
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Edinburgh, 2014.
Description: xvii, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1. The hermeneutics-culture-praxis triad. Readings of the book of Job as a window on African Christianity --
The fang of Equatorial Guinea: their history, beliefs, and practices --
An untold story of African Christianity: Presbyterian and Pentecostal expressions of the Christian faith in Equatorial Guinea --
Part 2. Contextual readings of the book of Job: themes, theologies, and trajectories. Theodicy and the nature of evil: Job between God and the devil --
The sting of retribution and the promise of lament: reading the book of Job from the experience of leprosy and HIV/AIDS --
Hope in suffering: prayer, eschatology, and Job's final liberation --
Conclusion: African Christianity between indigenization and diabolization --
Appendix 1: The "pentecostal deliverance liturgy" of Apostle Agustín Edu Esono: "power against incurable sicknesses" --
Appendix 2: Reading the book of Job at six distinct locations in Equatorial Guinea.
Series Title: African Christian studies series.
Responsibility: Jason A. Carter ; foreword by Andrew F. Walls.

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"How would ordinary African Christians interpret the figure and book of Job--the quintessential biblical book on suffering--from contexts of extreme poverty, tropical disease, and rampant suffering? How do African Christians culturally understand issues of theodicy and the nature of evil? What role does the devil play in African Pentecostalism? How does the biblical lament empower faith and foster hope for people living with HIV/AIDS? In what way does a theology of (eschatological) hope inform the spirituality and prayers of ordinary African believers in the midst of suffering? Inside the Whirlwind offers insight on these fascinating questions. Based upon the perspectives of Fang Christians in Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea (Central Africa), the thematic and theological reflections on evil, suffering, and hope emerging from sermons and Bible studies on the book of Job offer a remarkable window to view the main theological issues shaping grassroots African Christianity in the twenty-first century. "--

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