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Africa and the Bible

Edwin M YamauchiKenneth A Kitchen (Fwd)

Africa and the Bible

Edwin M YamauchiKenneth A Kitchen (Fwd)

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"In recent years, the academic world and the general public have become interested in the role played by Africa in biblical history. Edwin Yamauchi has provided a valuable service with his book Africa and the Bible. Too many unqualified people have produced popular works on this subject that lack academic credibility. Yamauchi has carefully and thoroughly investigated every possible reference to Africa and Africans in the Bible, deftly synthesizing a massive amount of information and scholarly literature to produce a very useful study."--James K. Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern history and archaeology, Trinity International University"Sensitive both to Afrocentric interests and to data from ancient Egypt and elsewhere, this work reveals, as his works always do, Professor Yamauchi''s brilliant multidisciplinary competence. He interacts respectfully with different views, and even those who disagree with some elements of his approach or would welcome an even fuller exploration of some issues will find the book a rich treasure of resources. Few readers of the Bible have had access to the information he provides about Nubia and the Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt."--Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Theological Seminary"In the midst of the confusion of postmodern political correctness, Yamauchi, with characteristic painstaking documentation, debunks both the arrogance of long-standing Eurocentrism and the mythology of more recent Afrocentrism. With irenic spirit and incisive penetration, he leaves no stones unturned in detailing the connections between the Bible and African civilizations. Both informative and challenging to deep-seated prejudices, this book is must reading for anyone who desires a fair and accurate understanding of the important issues it addresses."--Eugene H. Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary"Yamauchi''s new book on Africa and the Bible is a very welcome contribution. By focusing on ancient Africa, he explores a topic that seldom gets attention beyond a more programmatic rhetoric in the current boom of books addressing the relationship between Africa and the Bible. Yamauchi is able to combine an extraordinarily wide historical scholarship with a conscious and sensitive approach to contemporary concepts of ''Africa.'' And his balanced interpretation of the ancient sources, fair assessment of previous scholarship, and vast bibliography make the book not only an important research contribution but also a most valuable handbook for students and scholars in the field."--Knut Holter, professor of Old Testament, School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway"Africa and the Bible is the latest volume in Edwin Yamauchi''s distinguished series of books surveying ancient civilizations treated in the Bible. This book comprehensively summarizes relevant scholarship on the civilizations of ancient north and northeast Africa. Particularly welcome is Yamauchi''s convincing demonstration that the ''curse of Ham'' is a myth without biblical foundations. Africa and the Bible is an invaluable overview of the biblical evidence regarding ancient Africa that will interest all students of ancient history and religion."--Stanley Burstein, department of history, California State University at Los Angeles; former president, Association of Ancient Historians"Writing in a refreshing style that carefully abstains from scholarly obfuscation, Yamauchi has collated an extraordinary range of scholarly data on the historical and archaeological background of the biblical texts dealing with Africa. His efforts provide the reader with a primary source of information for everything from the Queen of Sheba to Black Athena."--Donald White, University of Pennsylvania"I have long admired and closely followed Yamauchi''s work. As an African, I feel greatly relieved that there is finally a solid treatment of Africa and the Bible. This book is neither condescending nor inaccessible

- Publisher The "curse of Ham" has been used to legitimize slavery. Both Ethiopians and Arabians claim the queen of Sheba. Could Moses and Jesus have been black?

Edwin Yamauchi explores the historical and archaeological background of biblical texts that refer to Africa and traces the results of past interpretations and misinterpretations. He covers such topics as the curse of Ham's son Canaan, Moses' Cushite wife, Simon the Cyrene, and afrocentric biblical interpretation. Along the way, he dispels myths, interacts with current theories, and provides readers with sound judgments as to what the Bible does and does not say.

Readers interested in the connections between Africa and the Bible will enjoy this insightful book. More then eighty photos, maps, and charts are included.

- Publisher

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"In recent years, the academic world and the general public have become interested in the role played by Africa in biblical history. Edwin Yamauchi has provided a valuable service with his book Africa and the Bible. Too many unqualified people have produced popular works on this subject that lack academic credibility. Yamauchi has carefully and thoroughly investigated every possible reference to Africa and Africans in the Bible, deftly synthesizing a massive amount of information and scholarly literature to produce a very useful study."--James K. Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern history and archaeology, Trinity International University"Sensitive both to Afrocentric interests and to data from ancient Egypt and elsewhere, this work reveals, as his works always do, Professor Yamauchi''s brilliant multidisciplinary competence. He interacts respectfully with different views, and even those who disagree with some elements of his approach or would welcome an even fuller exploration of some issues will find the book a rich treasure of resources. Few readers of the Bible have had access to the information he provides about Nubia and the Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt."--Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Theological Seminary"In the midst of the confusion of postmodern political correctness, Yamauchi, with characteristic painstaking documentation, debunks both the arrogance of long-standing Eurocentrism and the mythology of more recent Afrocentrism. With irenic spirit and incisive penetration, he leaves no stones unturned in detailing the connections between the Bible and African civilizations. Both informative and challenging to deep-seated prejudices, this book is must reading for anyone who desires a fair and accurate understanding of the important issues it addresses."--Eugene H. Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary"Yamauchi''s new book on Africa and the Bible is a very welcome contribution. By focusing on ancient Africa, he explores a topic that seldom gets attention beyond a more programmatic rhetoric in the current boom of books addressing the relationship between Africa and the Bible. Yamauchi is able to combine an extraordinarily wide historical scholarship with a conscious and sensitive approach to contemporary concepts of ''Africa.'' And his balanced interpretation of the ancient sources, fair assessment of previous scholarship, and vast bibliography make the book not only an important research contribution but also a most valuable handbook for students and scholars in the field."--Knut Holter, professor of Old Testament, School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway"Africa and the Bible is the latest volume in Edwin Yamauchi''s distinguished series of books surveying ancient civilizations treated in the Bible. This book comprehensively summarizes relevant scholarship on the civilizations of ancient north and northeast Africa. Particularly welcome is Yamauchi''s convincing demonstration that the ''curse of Ham'' is a myth without biblical foundations. Africa and the Bible is an invaluable overview of the biblical evidence regarding ancient Africa that will interest all students of ancient history and religion."--Stanley Burstein, department of history, California State University at Los Angeles; former president, Association of Ancient Historians"Writing in a refreshing style that carefully abstains from scholarly obfuscation, Yamauchi has collated an extraordinary range of scholarly data on the historical and archaeological background of the biblical texts dealing with Africa. His efforts provide the reader with a primary source of information for everything from the Queen of Sheba to Black Athena."--Donald White, University of Pennsylvania"I have long admired and closely followed Yamauchi''s work. As an African, I feel greatly relieved that there is finally a solid treatment of Africa and the Bible. This book is neither condescending nor inaccessible
- Publisher

The "curse of Ham" has been used to legitimize slavery. Both Ethiopians and Arabians claim the queen of Sheba. Could Moses and Jesus have been black?

Edwin Yamauchi explores the historical and archaeological background of biblical texts that refer to Africa and traces the results of past interpretations and misinterpretations. He covers such topics as the curse of Ham's son Canaan, Moses' Cushite wife, Simon the Cyrene, and afrocentric biblical interpretation. Along the way, he dispels myths, interacts with current theories, and provides readers with sound judgments as to what the Bible does and does not say.

Readers interested in the connections between Africa and the Bible will enjoy this insightful book. More then eighty photos, maps, and charts are included.

- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Edwin M Yamauchi

Edwin Maseo Yamauchi (born 1937, Hilo, Hawaii) is a Japanese American historian, Christian apologist, editor and academic. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University.

Kenneth A Kitchen (Fwd)

Kitchen, Personal and Brunner Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, University of Liverpool.

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  • Catalogue Code 231813
  • Product Code 0801031192
  • EAN 9780801031199
  • Pages 298
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Sales Rank #25720
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.489kg

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