AbstractThe background and the origin of the Christology of the Aladura Churches of Nigeria are inherent in the royal traditions of the Yoruba. The author first describes Yoruba traditional kingship institutions in precolonial times: the selection of an Oba, the sacred nature of the Oba, his rulership and authority. He concludes that the charismatic aspect of Oba rulership has inspired Yoruba indigenous Christian establishments to conceive Jesus Christ as Jesu Kristi Oba in their churches and community worship. Secondly, the author assembles some scripture texts, choruses and hymns in order to demonstrate empirically how the Aladura Churches have evolved a King-Christology which is native to their culture and which is instructive for inculturation theology. Thirdly, he focuses on the extent to which ideas about the obaship have influenced the Aladura Churches' Christological thinking.
Manus, Chris Ukachukwu. “King-Christology: The Result of a Critical Book of Matt. 28:16-20 as an Example of Contextual Exegesis in Africa.” Scriptura 39 (1991): 25–42.
AbstractMatt 28:16-20 is a narrative epilogue, and indeed, one which lets us in on one of the most hidden expressions of Christology. The African rituals of royal kingship can help us come to a better understanding of its implications for reflecting on the Lordship of Jesus in our own context. However, the structure, literary form and content of the periscope has, over the years, intrigued exegetes, commentators and interpreters alike. Its universalistic importance cannot be underestimated as scholars agree that the text preserves, in spite of some insignificant textual variants, Matthew’s understanding of the status of the exalted and enthroned Christ who sends his disciples to evangelize the world the oikoumene. The importance of the periscope as a Schlussabschnitt in the Gospel of Matthew is predicated on its Sitz im leben in the Matthean Hellenist Jewish Christian community, who saw it her responsibility to execute the Lord’s commission. From a contextual exegete’s point of view I am being challenged to offer a perspectival reading of the text in order to negotiate the meaning of Jesus’ injunction in the context of the emerging Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the period of the New Era of Evangelization in modern Africa. Such a reading becomes necessary in view of the urgent need for the African Churches to evolve an adequate image of Jesus, quite suitable for their task of evangelization in the year 2000.
Manus, Ukachukwu Chris. “Jesus Kristi Oba: A Christology of ‘Christ the King’ Among the Indigenous Christian Churches in Yorubaland.” Asia Journal of Theology 5 (1991): 311–30.
Waruta, Douglas W. “Who Is Jesus Christ for Africans Today? Priest, Prophet, Potentate.” In Faces of Jesus in Africa, edited by Robert J. Schreiter, 52–64. Faith and Culture Series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.
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