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John Jusu, Matthew Elliott

The Essential Guide to the Bible and Christianity

By Over 70 African Leaders

Are you struggling to put the basics of the Christian faith into words? Let the wisdom distilled from over 300 pastors and theologians from every corner of Africa help you. From the creation story that opens the Bible to the glorious return of Jesus Christ at the end of time, answers to your questions are at your fingertips in this handy guide.

From the creation story that opens the Bible to the glorious return of Jesus Christ at the end of time, answers to your questions are at your fingertips in this handy guide:

  • Is the Old Testament still valid now that we have the New Testament?
  • Is God doing miracles today?
  • Does the Bible teach that women are inferior to men?
  • Can I be authentically Christian and still be authentically African?

Overviews and key points of each book helps you decide what your church should study next, in light of the challenges you are facing. Situating each book in the context of the whole Bible clarifies truths that are less clear when taken out of context. This guide will help you understand, from a biblical perspective, how the visible world connects with the realities of the unseen world surrounding us. The knowledge and wisdom of church leaders from across the continent equip you to affirm your personal faith in the context of Christianity in Africa and the universal church.

Words matter! In this book, find the words to express the foundations of your life and faith to the needy world around you.

Dr. John Jusu a missionary of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, is an ordained minister of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Sierra Leone. He has a B.Sc. Ed. from Njala University College in Sierra Leone, an MA and MPhil in Christian Education Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST now Africa International University), and D.Phil. in educational studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

He served as Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and taught in the Educational Studies Department at Africa International University. He is currently on an extended leave of absence from the university and is serving with the Overseas Council International as the Africa Regional Director. He works extensively on transformational curriculum issues in response to the context in which formal and non-formal education happens in Africa. His expertise is in understanding the epistemological frameworks of Africans striving to go into pastoral and teaching ministries of the Church in Africa, and how that understanding may influence educational practices. John serves as curriculum consultant for the More than a Mile Deep-Global, Senior Researcher for the Africa Leadership Study and member of the Global Associates for Transformational Education. John is also involved in faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa.

He and his wife, Tity, have three children in addition to 24 children rescued from distressed situations for whom they offer full time care.

Pastors and Christian scholars from across Africa who affirm the Bible as the inspired Word of God came together to make this project happen, and Africa is richer for it. —Dr Conrad Mbewe, Chancellor, African Christian University

This is a much-awaited contribution to our appreciation and deeper understanding of the biblical narratives in a context that is much closer to the African culture and worldview. I hope that not only Africans but also people from other cultures would find this study most beneficial for strengthening their faith in the light of God’s Word. —Dr Opoku Onyinah, Former Chairman, The Church of Pentecost

Interpreting the Bible in any context in our 21st century world is always a difficult task. The world of the Bible is different from ours, but the Bible was meant to be read by people in all times and in all places. Readers are meant to grasp its broader story and the deeper messages communicated through its various genres of narrative, poetry, legal material, wisdom literature, apocalyptic material, epistles and so forth. This project has bridged the gap between the world of Africa and the world of the Bible in a unique way, all the while retaining the integrity of the biblical message. —Prof Elizabeth Mburu, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, International Leadership University

As African Christians are becoming an increasing portion of the global church, African scholars and teachers have produced a theological handbook sensitive to African realities. —Prof Craig Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

As the title promises, this is a comprehensive guide to the Bible and to Christianity, and it is essential for believers and nonbelievers alike to understand the Bible and the Christian life. It is written by Africans who understand the current culture. African proverbs quoted throughout the book help the reader apply biblical truth to our own cultures. This book covers a wide variety of theological topics and lessons in how to read and understand the Bible. Anyone from any culture will benefit from this overview. —Mark Taylor, Chairman of the Board, Tyndale House Ministries

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