IS ANCESTOR VENERATION COMPATIBLE WITH THE BIBLICAL FAITH?

Klaus Nürnberger

Abstract


As part of a research project on ancestor veneration in the church this essay
explores the stance of biblical witness on a few fundamental issues: (a) How
important is past history for the biblical faith? (b) What is the role of the prime
ancestors of Israel in the biblical faith? (c) Can the deceased mediate between
humans and God? (d) Should the deceased exercise authority over the living?
(e) Does respect, gratitude and love for one’s forebears imply dependency on them
as superiors? (f) Does the exclusiveness of the biblical faith imply intolerance and
religious imperialism? (g) Can African insights and metaphors be used to express
the message of the gospel?

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/99-0-671

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