n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Shembe, ancestors and Christ : A Christological inquiry with missiological implications, E.J. Moodley : book review

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book seeks to explore the relationship between Isaiah Shembe, founder of the amaNazaretha Church, ancestors and Christ in the context of the rapid growth of African Initiated Churches (AICs) during the latter part of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century. It is clearly Christological in focus as the central question posed by the study is "whether Jesus Christ is still central in the lives of the amaNazaretha adherents" (:xi). This phrase immediately displays a negative attitude in its use of "adherents" rather than members. The author's basic research question is whether or not the Shembe movement's view of Christ is "compatible with Christological norms articulated in the western tradition of Christianity" (:xvi).

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