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Isaiah 18 and the eternal life of religious justification

In my MA history seminars about Tribe and Nation in Africa – which despite its omni-title is going very well – we’ve been discussing the value of anthropological studies of local origin myths to missionaries in the 1800s, and how tying origin myths and prophesies to various interpretations of the Bible helped establish the moral and social relevance of Christianity, among other things.

Imagine my surprise at this fabulous article, published with perfect timing before my seminar last week, putting the South Sudan referendum in Biblical context, with an origin myth of Cush tied to a nice prophesy in the form of Zephaniah 2, which foretells the civil war.

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