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Critical ChristianityTranslation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea$
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Courtney Handman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283756

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283756.001.0001

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Kinship, Christianity, and Culture Critique

Kinship, Christianity, and Culture Critique

Learning to Be a Lost Tribe of Israel in Papua New Guinea

(p.244) Chapter 8 Kinship, Christianity, and Culture Critique
Critical Christianity

Courtney Handman

University of California Press

As recent history (seen especially in terms of ego-centric genealogies) seems to provide only disappointment, sin, and conflict, more and more Guhu-Samane Christians look to the possibility of salvation in a purported deep socio-centric genealogical connection to Israelites. Israelites are held up as models for conversion as people with a “traditional” culture, while they are also understood as the people who first converted to Christianity. Israelites are thus the primary model for the sacred ethnicity of transformation. Lost Tribes discourses are found all across Papua New Guinea and are starting to be a mode of political engagement at the level of an emerging Christian public sphere, in which different people recognize one another as engaged in similar projects of critique and reform of their own cultures and the nation at large.

Keywords:   kinship, genealogies, Lost Tribes of Israel, Christian public sphere, culture critique, religion and politics, Guhu-Samane, Papua New Guinea

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