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November 04, 1977 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-11-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 4, 197717

African Christian Explains Close Feeling for Judaism

NEW YORK—Prof. John
S. Mbiti. well-known Afri-
can author, poet, and theolo-
gian from Kenya, spoke to
the World Council of
Churches' Consultation on
the Church and the Jewish
People which met in Jerusa-
lem recently. His address
on "African Christians and
Jewish Religious Heritage"
--- drew thoughtful responses
:Om several sources,
including Hebrew Univer-
sity Professor Shalom Paul
and Rabbi Pinhas Peli, who
attended the session as
Although African Chris-
tians now number approx-
imately 180,000.000, rela-
tively few have had direct
contact with Jewish people.
Africans generally, said Dr.
Mbiti, "see the Jews as t
are presented in the Bible —
a deeply religious people,
with God at the center of
their religion.
"Two points bring Jews
and African Christians into
an area of supremely
important commonalities:
God and religiosity. The
details may differ, but the
structures are very
The use of the Hebrew
Scriptures is much more
evident in African Christian
life than in western Christi-
anity, Prof. Mbiti pointed
out. Studies of African ser-
mons reflect this. "The
African preacher has no dif-

that when he was growing
up in Kenya, he and his fel-
low Christians were sur-
prised to discover that most
Jews were not Christians.
They were appalled to learn
how shamefully Jews had
been treated by so-called
"Christians" in Europe.
To be 'Christian,' and at
the same time to treat the
Jews as European history
and literature have treated
them, were two irreconci-
lable mysteries that even up

ficulty in bridging the gap
caused by the problem of
historicity. Persons and
events in the biblical history
are often present to him in a
timeless continuity. He and
his congregation can easily
become contemporaries of
persons and events in the
Bible," said Dr. Mbiti.
Contemporary Judaism,
however, is an unknown
entity for most African
Christians, said Prof. Mbiti.
He told the Consultation


to now I have been unable
to fathom satisfactorily. -
said Mbiti.
African participants in the
session noted the lack of
knowledge of post-biblical
Judaism among African
Christians. It was remarked
that awareness of that part
of the Jewish heritage could
greatly enhance the African
understanding of early
Christianity, and, of course,
of Jewish religious life

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