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Title: The Idoma of Benue State Nigeria : their reception and development of Christianity since 1924
Author: Obiabo, Ebute
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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The process of Idema reception and development of Christianity was initiated by British Methodist missionaries in 1924. Such a process requires a cultural transformation through which Christianity is re-shaped to suit the Idema need, custom and traditions thereby regaining the lost cultural cohesion which the Idema need to adapt Christianity and spread it among themselves. Chapter one introduces the reasons for the choice of this study and the aims, purpose, and methodology of the research. It calls attention to the need to see the Idema as subjects of religious change and not merely as objects of evangelisation by overseas missionaries. Chapter two commences with the consideration of Idema ethnicity in which the problem of the origin and development of ethnicity is briefly addressed. Having defined Idema ethnicity, the chapter considers some cultural rites of passage common to all Idema namely: birth, marriage, death and burial. This leads to a discussion of Idema theology in Chapter three, in which it is defined, explained and compared to other types of primal African theology. Chapter four focuses on the overall history of how the Idema made contact with Christianity, and their reaction to the Methodist missionaries and their early activities. Chapter five begins one of the central arguments of this thesis, focusing on the spread of Christianity in Idema and the use of education as an agency of evangelism and church growth. The methods and aims of Methodist mission education in Idema and the messages that were passed on are critically examined and evaluated. Chapter six represents the heart of this thesis, focusing on contextual factors in the reception and development of Christianity in Idema, with particular reference to Bible translation. The chapter evaluates how the New Testament was translated, and argues that the problem of inculturating Christianity into Idema life and culture has not been sufficiently looked at either scientifically, ethnographically, linguistically, historically or culturally.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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