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dc.contributor.authorSimbandumwe, Samuel Simeonen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:48:08Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:48:08Z
dc.date.issued1990
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30755
dc.description.abstractWhen the profane world and secular society threaten man's socio-religious life, he takes refuge in the centre of the world of his religion. This centre for the Israelite, Kimbangu and Shembe Prophet Movements is the mountain of God. The phenomenon of theophany on it characterises the genesis of earth's unpolluted life, through which they try to transcend the profane world. In such a situation the Israelite, Kimbangu and Shembe Prophet Movements were born and emerged in protest against colonialism and corruption. The prophets of these movements claimed to be under the control of the Spirit. They were compelled to deliver a divine message of both condemnation and redemption through the spoken and sung word. With their prophecies, hymns, and prayer-songs they attempted to reform the evil systems of their societies. They questioned the right of the oppressor and led pilgrims to the road of the New Jerusalem, the place of comfort and liberation.en
dc.description.abstractIn such a situation the Israelite, Kimbangu and Shembe Prophet Movements were born and emerged in protest against colonialism and corruption. The prophets of these movements claimed to be under the control of the Spirit. They were compelled to deliver a divine message of both condemnation and redemption through the spoken and sung word. With their prophecies, hymns, and prayer-songs they attempted to reform the evil systems of their societies. They questioned the right of the oppressor and led pilgrims to the road of the New Jerusalem, the place of comfort and liberation.en
dc.description.abstractThe thesis analyses the cosmological significance of the mountain of God in relation to the prophet's role. It discusses what Zion-Jerusalem is believed to have in common with Nkamba-Jerusalem of the Kimbanguists, Nhlangakazi and Ekuphakameni of the Shembeites. It observes parallels between the three Prophet Movements in their socio-religious traditions.en
dc.description.abstractThe research was conducted within the guideline of a major research question and four subsidiary questions. The answers to the questions were reached through the interpretation of the socio-religious traditions and analysis of prophecies, hymns, and prayer-songs of the Prophet Movements.en
dc.description.abstractAs a result, the thesis concludes that the mountain of God, according to the Prophet Movements, is pre¬ eminently the centre of the pilgrim's world of sociorel igious life. Through the phenomenon of theophany on the mountain of God, the pilgrim re-enters into the realm of the primal instant perfection of nature and foretastes the paradisiacal life. He feels the need to be and stay always at the centre of this life-giving force. It is his sanctuary, the centre of divine powers and axis mundi where he meets his ancestors and God.en
dc.description.abstractThe reading of the Bible opened the eyes of the prophets Kimbangu and Shembe to see the sacred symbols of Zion-Jerusalem in their "holy" mountains, the rich heritage of their traditional religion, and values of their socio-cultural traditions. Thus they established Churches based authentically on African traditions.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleIsrael in two African prophet movements : an inquiry into the Mount Zion-Jerusalem concept and the prophet's role as reflected in the aspects of hymns and prayer-songs of the Kimbangu and Shembe prophet movementsen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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