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This introductory chapter discusses about Aeneas as a cultural artifact and possible paradigm for Paul's construal of Abraham in Romans. The Aeneas played as a founding parent of the Greco- Roman people. The established role of Aeneas as a symbol of reconciliation between Greeks and Romans made it possible for Paul to present Abraham as a spiritual ancestor of all faithful people. The chapter presents Paul's universal view of Abraham and how his position translates into ancestral language. It provides a Justin Ukpong's heuristic approach that is used to read the Bible in postcolonial Africa. The chapter examines traditional Shona religio-culture to show how colonization and Western Christianity impacted the postcolonial Shona Christian's religion and cultural identity. It also discusses about Shona traditional religion and culture, Shona traditional beliefs and rituals and Shona traditional social system and structure.

Keywords: Abraham; Aeneas; Greek; Justin Ukpong's heuristic approach; Paul; Romans; Shona Christian's religion



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