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First-century hospitality customs can provide a window through which ancient social identity is observed. When these symbols are analysed against the backdrop of implied eschatology in Philemon, there emerges a composite picture that interweaves theological discourse with first-century cultural norms. Using social-scientific criticism, this paper r...
This work brings multi-disciplinary perspectives within the continent on the important areas of apologetics research, education, and ministry. This edited work is written by scholar-practitioners, thereby linking the gap between education and practice. The work opens with an introduction that sets the task of apologetics in Africa within its proper context, surveying the key issues involved in apologetics ministry in the continent. Since the Bible is foundational for Christian life and ministry, the first section surveys the issues surrounding the Bible including its reliability and interpretation in light of African postcolonial and postliberal approaches; the case for the resurrection and apologetics in the New Testament and early church. The second part explores the philosophical issues including the interface between faith, philosophy and science, as well as the Trinitarian basis for ethics. The third section deals with cultural issues that ministry leaders, missionaries, and educators deal with including dowry practices, gender violence, eldership rites and the concept of God in African traditional religions. The fourth section deals with practical apologetics issues that people engage including new age movements in Africa, atheism, Christian-Muslim engagement, public issues in Africa and digital youth cultures, and their roles in apologetics. The aim is a biblically robust, contextually relevant, ministry-oriented, and accessible resource that can be beneficial to the life and ministry of African Christians. It is forthcoming by Langham Publishers in 2023.