Abraham as Spiritual Ancestor

A Postcolonial Zimbabwean Reading of Romans 4


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.
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Biographical Note

Israel Kamudzandu, Ph.D. 2007 in New Testament Biblical Interpretation, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Saint Paul School of Theology since January, 2008.

Table of contents

CHAPTER ONE: The Ancestor in Greco – Roman Culture: The Case of Aeneas
CHAPTER TWO: Abraham in Hellenistic – Jewish Context
CHAPTER THREE: The Shona Ancestral Cosmology
CHAPTER FOUR: Ancestry and Descendancy in Romans
CONCLUSION: An Integrative Cross – Cultural Hermeneutic: Implications and Limitations


This book is conversant with the New Testament contextualized hermeneutics and is written for both Western academia and Christian readers as well as postcolonial Christians South of the Sahara.


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