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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter explores emerging African Christology in relation to the wider, historic streams of Christian tradition. The discussion focuses primarily on churches derived from the modern missionary movement in sub-Saharan Africa. The main thesis is that these African Christologies reflect creative, contextual engagement with the central question of Jesus’ identity and significance by interpreting and appropriating biblical revelation and Christian tradition in the light of African realities both past and present. Three African proverbs provide a framework for developing the major themes of coherence, where African Christologies are essentially congruent with broader Christian tradition, and contextuality, where they are distinctive on account of contextual factors in African experience, plus the sources and methods employed in their formulation. An overview of key Christological images reveals the richness of recent African Christologies, thereby demonstrating their significant contribution to the ongoing development of Christology worldwide.

Keywords: African Christology, contextualization, missionary movement, images of Jesus, bliblical revelation

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