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  • New Book Release

    by Christian Clark

    A new book has been released by Mark Ellingsen called "African Christian Mothers and Fathers: Why They Matter for the Church Today. This book explores the notions of the people of Africa in the time preceding and following the age

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  • News From The Field

    by Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel – The Finding of the True Cross-Celebrated in Ethiopia - September 27, 2015

    By: Tekletsadik Belachew

    Meskel (Masqal) - the Cross – is the commemoration of the finding of the true cross of Christ celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the

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  • Preserving Mosaics in Tunisia

    by Christian Clark

    Thomas Roby works on what is called the Mosaikon, to teach locals how to support the preservation of mosaics in the southern and eastern Meditteranean.    An article by wall street speaks of how he has trained those in the

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  • Medicine's Ancient History Revealed

    by Christian Clark

    An Ancient Medicinal Manuscript created by Greco-Roman physician and Galen of Pergamon. MIssing pages were found and compiled, one of these pages was found from the Oldest St. Catherine’s in the Sinai Desert in Egypt, the oldest operating library. New

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Books — News & Reviews —

The Fortunes of Africa
A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor

Reviewed By

  • David Gorin
  • BDlive

The Story of the Bodmer Papyri
From the First Monastery's Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin

Reviewed By

  • Tommy Wasserman
  • RBL
  • Orebro, Sweden

Abyssinian Christianity
The First Christian Nation?

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • St. Louis, MO

Introducción a la teología mestiza de San Agustín.
Introduction to a Mestizo Theology of Augustine

Reviewed By

  • Alberto Garcia
  • Atlanta, GA

The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered
The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • CEAC
  • Concordia University Wisconsin

Fulgentius of Ruspe
On the Saving Will of God

Reviewed By

  • Joel Elowsky
  • Center for Early African Christianity
  • Eastern University

The African Memory of Mark
Reassessing Early Church Tradition

Reviewed By

  • Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D
  • Denver Seminary

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Africa's Gift
– with Dr. Thomas Oden

This week's topic:

At its zenith the city of Alexandria was larger than either Rome or Antioch. It was unexcelled in the world of ideas, literature, and learning. It stood for centuries as one of the three leading cities of the ancient world. It led in learning, trade, and influence. This is where the early Christian intellectual tradition first took root. For early western Christians in Africa, Carthage was the hub city. For those east of Libya it was Alexandria. Even in Carthage, due honor was given to Christian leadership in Alexandria, where the apostolic origins were indisputably in St. Mark. Carthage had no Mark, no one who had beheld the Lord in the flesh, no original apostle who was specifically commissioned to Africa. Alexandria was special to all the other early African believers because the Apostle Mark had been sent to Africa to found the churches of Africa.

Augustine of Hippo

Wisdom of the Fathers

Justice Triumphs Over Satan

But the devil had to be overcome not by the power of God but by his justice. For what is more powerful than the omnipotent? What creature’s power can be compared with the power of the creator? Through the fault of his own turning away the devil became a lover of power and a deserter and opponent of justice; and people imitate him more fully the more they ignore or even detest justice and set their hearts on power, consumed either by delight in its acquisition or by desire for its possession. So in rescuing humankind from the power of the devil God chose that the devil should be conquered not by power but by justice, so that people too in imitation of Christ should seek to conquer the devil by justice and not by power. It is not that power had to be avoided as if it were something evil, but that the priority over power needed to be preserved. . . .

What then is that justice whereby the devil was conquered? What was it but the justice of Jesus Christ? And how was the devil conquered? Because, although he found nothing worthy of death in Jesus, he killed him. So it is unquestionably just that the debtors whom he was holding should be allowed to go free on the strength of their believing in the one whom he killed despite his having no debt. That is what is meant when we are said to be “justified by the blood of Christ.” Thus was his innocent blood shed for the remission of our sins. . . .

The conquest of the devil would surely not have been achieved in so perfectly just a manner had Christ chosen to deal with him by power instead of justice. But in fact he put power second and obligation first. . . . So he conquered the devil first by justice and then by power—by justice because he had no sin and was most unjustly killed by him; by power because “being dead he came to life again never to die any more.” . . . The devil was conquered at the very moment when he thought he was the conqueror—namely, when Christ was killed. Then it was that his blood—the blood of him who had no sin at all—was shed for the remission of our sins. Its purpose was that those whom the devil was justifiably holding bound in a condition of death since they were guilty of sin should be justifiably released by him on whom the devil had unjustifiably inflicted the penalty of death when he was guilty of no sin. By this justice he was conquered.
On the Trinity 13.12.17–15.19.

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Ethiopian Christianity

by Joel Elowsky

When the Center for Early African Christianity formed during the last decade, it was decided that a consultation should be held on the continent of

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