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Christ, the Healer : Exploring Indigenous People's Spirituality
Authorship Description
Bendanglemla Longkumer.
Bibliographical Details xviii, 161 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351482839
ISBN-13 9789351482833, 978-9351482833
Year of Publication 2018.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 68.
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The book is an attempt to contextualize and formulate Christology that is appropriate for the indigenous Christians. In this attempt, traditional source such as `Arasentsur' that is close to the people is used as a working model. The book suggests that contextualizing theologies can be made possible through integration of the Biblical sources on the healing aspect of Jesus and the role of `Arasentsur' in healing among the indigenous community. The theological validity of this working model is that it is integrally related to the cultural consciousness, spirituality and demonstrates the theoretical and practical implications for the indigenous people. While locating the many potential images of Jesus Christ in Asian context the book brings out different dimensions of healing - healing from psychosomatic state, healing as forgiving, healing as freedom, healing as deliverance and being made accountable, which projects healing as holistic; a much needed healing for the people in the midst of socio-cultural alienation, political turmoil, economic instability and so on. The book suggests that being healed for the indigenous people would mean being exorcised from the numerous struggles that impinges their life.




1. Reimagining Jesus from his Praxis of the Reign of God

    1.1 Attempts of Imaging Jesus Christ

    1.2 Jesus and the Kingdom or Reign of God

    1.3 Exorcisms and Kingdom of God : A Demonstration of the Kingdom

    1.4 Effects and Significance of Atonement Theory

    1.5 Postcolonial Reading of the Healing Effects of Jesus

    1.6 Complementarity of Faith and Praxis

2. Potential Images/Emerging Profiles of Jesus from Asia

    2.1 Asian Context for Christology

    2.2 Images of Jesus from Asian Context

3. Emergence of Contextual Christology and Challenges in Northeast India

    3.1 Search for a Contextual Christology in Northeast

    3.2 Postcolonial Context of the Tribals in Northeast India

    3.3 Christological Heritage of the Tribal Christians in Northeast India

    3.4 Choice of Methodology for Indigenous Theology

4. Jesus as `Arasentsur', Constructing a Relevant Indigenous Christology

    4.1 The Significance/Role of Indigenous Sources in Contextual Christology

    4.2 Healing Oriented Christology based on `Arasentsur'



Bendanglemla Longkumer (hailing from Nagaland) is Associate Professor in the Department of Christian Theology at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur. She did her BA from Fazl Ali College (NEHU), Mokokchung; M.Th. and D.Th. from Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC), Kottayam, affiliated to Senate of Serampore College. She has authored several articles in leading journals.

She is married to Dr. Bendangtemjen, Associate Professor in the Department of History of Christianity at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur and they have three lovely daughters Eten, Tain and Loren.

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