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Contents Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations List of Illustrations List of Tables PART I INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CHRISTOLOGIES 1 Exploring African Christologies Today Introduction Contemporary African Christologies: Crisis or Confidence? Historical and Theological Context The Analysis of Contemporary African Christologies Conclusion 2 Understanding Origins of African Christologies Issues Regarding Sources and Methods Issues Regarding Contextual Relevance Conclusion: Criteria for Critical Engagement with African Christologies PART II MODELS OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CHRISTOLOGIES Introduction to Christological Models The Prevailing Paradigm: Inculturation and Liberation A Current Configuration of African Christologies 3 Jesus as Life-Giver Introduction Jesus as Healer Jesus as Traditional Healer Conclusion: Jesus as Life-giver 4 Jesus as Mediator Introduction Jesus as Ancestor Conclusion: Jesus as Mediator 5 Jesus as Loved One Introduction Jesus as Family Member Jesus as Friend Conclusion: Jesus as Loved One 6 Jesus as Leader Introduction Jesus as King / Chief Jesus as Liberator Conclusion: Jesus as Leader PART III THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CHRISTOLOGIES 7 The Relevance of Christologies in Africa Today Introduction Jesus in Reconstructive Theologies Jesus in Africa Today: Christological Praxis Jesus in Africa Today: Christological Reflection Conclusion Conclusion African Christology in Contemporary World Christianity Appendix Qualitative Research Tools Bibliography
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Jesus Christ Person and offices, Theology, Doctrinal Africa, Sub-Saharan