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Thomas Oden

Core Hypothesis of Center for Early African Christianity

by Joel Elowsky with Thomas Oden

When the CEAC was first organized, one of the first issues we struggled with was whether or not we were needed or not. We knew that that were very talented scholars and church leaders in Africa who would be capable of carrying on the work we were proposing.

We decided to hold a consultation in 2008 to consult with these scholars and church leaders. We invited key leaders from all different parts of Africa and from many different denominations, including Coptic, Ethiopian, Catholics, Evangelicals, etc., both scholars and church leaders. Thomas Oden, the Director of the Center, presented the following core

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African Journal Online

African Journals Online

by Joel Elowsky

There is a resource that our readers may already be aware of. However in case they are not, I would like to direct them to a resource online that has many of the same goals as the CEAC. There is a website devoted to African Journals Online. It notes, as we do, the intellectual flow largely from North to South and West to East. But such a flow of information has largely overlooked the value of scholarship the continent of Africa itself has to offer.  The journal states: "Historically, scholarly information has

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Coptic Gospel of John

The Coptic Textual Tradition for the Gospel of John

by Joel Elowsky

For those interested in textual criticism, I was recently made aware of a new book that explores the coptic tradition of translation around the Gospel of John. Here is the write-up:

Askeland, Christian

John's Gospel

The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text

Series:Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 44

89,95 € / $126.00*

xiv, 289 pages

ISBN:  978-3-11-028143-9

 

Aims and Scope

 

This monograph explores the history of the Coptic tradition of John’s gospel, considering when these ancient Egyptian witnesses are profitable for determining the earliest readings of their Greek sourcetext . The standard critical edition of the Greek New Testament cites the Coptic versions no fewer than 1,000 times in John’s

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A Letter of Thanks

by Joel Elowsky via Pastor (Dr) Uchenna Aligwekwe

The following is a letter from one of our web readers who contacted us about how our work has helped him with his vision for Africa. We provide it to you to rejoice with us in the fruits of our labors:

Good day to you Dr Oden,

My name is Dr U Aligwekwe. I stumbled across the CEAC website quite by chance while researching material for a book I am writing with the title, 'Blackness: A Perspective from the Bible and from Early Christian History'. Suffice it to say that the wealth of information I gleaned from the website was nothing less than

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Malaria

Good News on Malaria Cure

by Joel Elowsky

We know that one of the key developments being focused on in Africa has to do with malaria and the debilitating effect it can have on the continent. New research indicates that researchers are moving ever closer to a cure. See the link to the following article that offers new hope for a perennial problem.

Good News on Malaria Cure

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Ethiopian Double Sided Gospel Leaf

African Christianity in Ethiopia

by Joel Elowsky

Along with Egyptian Christianity, one of the longest and most enduring Christian cultures on the continent of Africa is that of the Ethiopian Church. Christian histories by Rufinus and Socrates Scholasticus tell us about how the kingdom of "India"  (the ancient name for Ethiopia) was converted to Christianity by Frumentius. The story, as reported by the ancient church historians Sozomen, Socrates Scholasticus and Theodoret can be read by following the links provided. There is, however, also the story told in art as can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Emma George

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African Memory of Mark

The African Memory of Mark

by Joel Elowsky

We just received a review of Tom Oden's book The African Memory of Mark by Christopher Beetham, a professor at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The review indicates that there is a shift in thinking in Africa as it begins to reappropriate its past. The Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology is a partner with us in our work. We hope you'll have a look at the review and let us know what you think.

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Ethiopian DNA clues

DNA Evidence and the Queen of Sheba

by Joel Elowsky

Recent studies with DNA research point to a possible link of the Queen of Sheba with Ethiopia. DNA research may prove helpful in exploring other previously unidentified links with Africa that wil further help us understand Africa's unique contribution to our Judaeo-Christian heritage. You can find the article from the BBC by Helen Briggs in the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18526428

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Mount Kilamanjaro

Fundraising climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro for July16-21, 2012

by Joel Elowsky

REACHING PEAKS FOR AFRICAN LEADERS

Our good Friends at the School of Leadership and Development have organized a fundraising climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro for July16-21, 2012. The funds collected will benefit scholarships for African leaders in SLD’s Africa programs. Dr. Beth Birmingham (EDEV '00), Stephanie Nitschke (IDEV '12) and Tim Paulson (IDEV student) are making the climb. If you are interested in supporting African leaders and contributing to the event, please visithttp://www.alumni.eastern.edu/reachingpeaksOnline contributions are welcome. Follow the blog for the climb: http://reaching-peaks.blogspot.com

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St. Catharines Lbrary

St. Catharines Monastery Going Digital

by Joel Elowsky

The Monastery at St. Catharines is going digital, digitizing its MSS for use by scholars. You can follow the link below to read the story in Egypt Independent.

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