Towards an African Christian Theology of the Blood of Jesus Christ

ISSUE: Vol.6  No.4 July 2020 Article 1  pp.214 -222
AUTHORS: Stephen Z. Yashim and Emmanuel Umar
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020071
Manuscript Received 14th May 2020, Accepted 3rd July 2020, Published online 6th July 2020.

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ABSTRACT

This article proposes an African Christian theology of the blood of Jesus Christ which biblically explains and answers experiential questions raised in African historical and socio-cultural contexts. Through the process of conceptual analysis, articles on animal sacrifices in African Traditional Religions and articles in the theological fields of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology are interrogated to propose an African Christian Theology of the blood of Jesus Christ. The proposed African Christian Theology of the blood of Jesus Christ posits that God acts on the basis of the vicarious shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to incorporate believers into a Father-Child relationship that grants the believer access to a special divine benevolence. God’s benevolence is the means by which the believer experiences the transformative power of God that leads them to progressively experience improvements for their holistic well-being while anticipating the return of Jesus Christ to reinstate perfect holistic well-being for God’s people.

Keywords: The blood of Jesus, Animal sacrifices, and African Christian Theology.

Authors Biodata: Stephen Z. Yashim, PhD (Intercultural Studies/Missions – ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria) is an ordained Minister of the Nigerian Baptist Convention serving as pastor of New Estate Baptist Church, Bwari, Abuja. He is a Part-time Lecturer at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Kaduna, and recently with the ECWA Theological Seminary Jos (Abuja Center). E-mail: yashimsz@yahoo.com.
Emmanuel Umar, PhD(Historical Archaeology – Sichuan University, Chengdu China) is an ordained Baptist Minister of the Nigerian Baptist Convention serving currently as a Part-time Lecturer of Adeleke University Osun, Osun State, Nigeria. E-mail: emmanuel_umar@yahoo.co.uk.

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