Jesus Christ as Logos Incarnate and Resurrected Nana (Ancestor)

An African Perspective on Conversion and Christology

By Rudolf K. Gaisie

Foreword by Anthony Oswald Balcomb

Jesus Christ as Logos Incarnate and Resurrected Nana (Ancestor)

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Jesus Christ as Logos Incarnate and Resurrected Nana (Ancestor)

An African Perspective on Conversion and Christology

By Rudolf K. Gaisie

Foreword by Anthony Oswald Balcomb

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About-

This book seeks to demonstrate the significance of Ancestor Christology in African Christianity for christological developments in World Christianity. Ancestor Christology has developed in the process of an African conversion story of appropriating the mystery of Christ (Eph 3:4) in the category of ancestors. Logos Christology in early Christian history developed as an intricate byproduct in the conversion process of turning Hellenistic ideas towards the direction of Christ (A. F. Walls). Hellenistic Christian writers and modern African Christian writers thus share some things in common and when their efforts are examined within the conversion process framework there are discernible modes of engagement. The mode of Logos Christology that one finds in Origen, for example, is an innovative application of the understanding of Jesus Christ as Logos (incarnate); a new key but not discontinuous with the Johannine suggestive mode or the clarificatory mode of Justin Martyr. African Ancestor Christology is at the threshold of an innovative mode and the argument this book makes is that this strand of African Christology should be pursued in the indigenous languages aided by respective translated Bibles; a suggested way is a Logos-Ancestor (Nanasɛm) discourse in Akan Christianity.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“A wonderfully rich book in which language and motifs shaped in Africa are in dialogue with classical Christology. It offers a glimpse of a potentially exciting theological future as African Christianity increasingly extends theological thinking and vocabulary.”

—Andrew F. Walls, historian of missions, University of Edinburgh, Liverpool Hope University, and Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana



“In this work, Dr. Gaisie bridges the gap between Logos Christology of the early church and Ancestor Christology of African Christian theology. He ably explores the linkage between the two strands of Christology and highlights the ramifications thereof for the contemporary African church and society as well as the global church. Employing Walls’ analysis of the conversion process, Dr. Gaisie offers fresh insights on Ancestor Christology for the mission of the church, especially in Africa.”

—B. Y. Quarshie, Rector, Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana



“Gaisie embodies the legacy of Kwame Bediako in his careful, thoughtful, and thorough analysis of Christology as a cultural construct. The uniqueness of his dual treatment of the Greek Logos Christology and the Akan Ancestor Christology that culminates in his constructive proposal of a contextual, mother-tongue Christology demonstrates the book’s value to anyone interested in African Christianity, the relationship of gospel and culture, and christological studies more broadly. Bravo!”

—Tim Hartman, Associate Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and author of Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection



“Who is Jesus Christ to African peoples? This unique study offers a compelling narrative, surveying contemporary African Christian perspectives in the context of early Christian paradigms and traditional Akan wisdom. It also makes an important contribution to the discussion by advocating and demonstrating the fundamental importance of thinking theologically in one’s mother tongue and communicating the insights more widely. Dr. Gaisie practices what he preaches!”

—Gillian Mary Bediako, Deputy Rector, Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana

Contributors-

Rudolf K. Gaisie
Anthony Oswald Balcomb

Bio(s)-

Rudolf K. Gaisie is a Research Fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture at Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana, and serves as Director of the Institute’s Centre for Early African Christianity (CEAC). He is a Methodist layman. He is married to Millicent and they have three children: Abayie, Efriyie, and Nyameye.

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