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A problem of presence : beyond Scripture in an African church

Author: Matthew Engelke
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Series: Anthropology of Christianity, 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe refer to themselves as "the Christians who don't read the Bible." They claim they do not need the Bible because they receive the Word of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. In this insightful and sensitive historical ethnography, Matthew Engelke documents how this rejection of scripture speaks to longstanding concerns within Christianity over mediation and authority.  Read more...
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Named Person: Johane Masowe; Masowe; Johane Masowe; Johane Masowe; Johane Masowe
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Engelke
ISBN: 9780520249035 0520249038 9780520249042 0520249046
OCLC Number: 70775616
Description: xiii, 304 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Up in smoke: humility, humiliation, and the Christian book --
The early days of Johane Masowe --
The question of leadership: the Friday message after Johane --
Mutemo in three portraits --
Listening for the True Bible: live and direct language, part I --
Singing and the metaphysics of sound: live and direct language, part II --
The substance of healing.
Series Title: Anthropology of Christianity, 2.
Responsibility: Matthew Engelke.
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"An insightful inquiry into a fascinating ethnographic case." -- Thomas Kirsch Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Inst "A rich and rewarding book, A Problem of Presence contributes to a number of Read more...

 
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