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Hymns and the Singing Community: The Formation of the Canaan Hymns in Contemporary Chinese Churches

赞美诗与唱诗社群: 迦南诗歌在当代中国教会里的形成

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
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Songzan Xu Independent Scholar Hangzhou China

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Xiaoli Yang Whitley College, University of Divinity Melbourne Australia

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Abstract

This article studies the formation of the Canaan Hymns (Jianan shige 迦南诗歌) in relation to the history of the contemporary Chinese indigenous church. Over the last thirty years, Lü Xiaomin (吕小敏, 1970–) has composed more than two thousand hymns. They reflect not only her own personal life and evangelism, but also the growth of the Fangcheng Fellowship (方城团契) in Henan Province from a local home gathering to a national mission movement. Through textual studies, interviews, and archival research, this article examines how local congregants adopted Lü’s hymns, which are distinct from both western traditional hymns and Chinese rural spiritual songs (lingge 灵歌). These hymns represent a unique form of theological meaning-making within the indigenous church movement and serve as a pointer to the Chinese understanding of missio Dei as a whole.

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本文研究迦南诗歌的形成,及其与中国本土教会史的关系。三十多年来,吕小敏已经创作出超过2千首赞美诗。这些赞美诗不仅反映出她的个人生活和宣教活动,也反映出河南方城团契如何从一个地方性的家庭聚会成长为全国性的宣教运动。通过文本分析、访谈与文献研究,本文探讨了这些本土基督徒如何接受吕小敏的这些有别于西方传统圣诗与乡村灵歌的赞美诗。这些迦南诗歌提供了本土教会运动的神学意义建构的独特形式,也提供了对“上帝的使命”的中国式理解。

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