Isaiah Shembes Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa Joel E Tishken

ISBN: 9781306147101

Published: February 11th 2014

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243 pages


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Isaiah Shembes Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa  by  Joel E Tishken

Isaiah Shembes Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa by Joel E Tishken
February 11th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 243 pages | ISBN: 9781306147101 | 4.69 Mb

Isaiah Shembes Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa examines the worldview generated and sustained by the Zulu Zionist prophet Isaiah Shembe and his congregation, the Nazareth Baptist Church,MoreIsaiah Shembes Prophetic Uhlanga: The Worldview of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Colonial South Africa examines the worldview generated and sustained by the Zulu Zionist prophet Isaiah Shembe and his congregation, the Nazareth Baptist Church, during South Africas colonial era.

The book contends that the worldview embraced by Shembe and his congregants was prophetically defined and reified. This argument challenges nationalist and postcolonialist discourses about colonized populations that have viewed empire and its consequences as the prime determinants of colonized individuals lives. Through a close reading of the churchs records, Joel E. Tishken demonstrates that at the heart of the narrative Shembe and church members told of themselves was a sincere and faithful conviction that Shembe was Gods anointed prophet and his followers Gods new chosen people.

Within their understanding of colonial South Africa, British imperialism and white supremacy were part of Gods cosmic vision to provide atonement and salvation for Africans plans they believed God was prophetically communicating to Shembe. The historical narrative, theology, and identity of Shembe and his parishioners revolved around this prophetically prescribed explanation for the conditions of colonial Africa. Thus, Tishken argues that colonized communities interpreted their worlds in much more creative and complex ways than scholars have recognized.

This book is applicable to courses on imperialism, South Africa, African religions, and the history of Christianity.



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