Ben Yosef Jochanan wrote on the contributions of Africa to the major world religions. Are his claims true?

Ben Yosef Jochanan was an afrocentric historian who wrote on the contribution of ancient Africa to the major world religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It appears he garnered some affections from certain Hebrew Israelite groups and the Nation of Islam. Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on the veracity of his writings since we are not familiar with them.

However, if you are interested in the contributions of Africa to Christianity, RZIM team member Brandon Cleaver recently spoke on this topic in a series during Black History month. You can view these on our website here:

Episode 1: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/black-history-month-and-the-early-african-influence-on-christianity

Episode 2: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/the-contemporary-conflation-of-slavery-in-the-bible

Episode 3: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/thoughts-on-the-history-and-importance-of-the-black-church

Episode 4: https://www.rzim.org/watch/rzim-global/the-communal-aspect-of-black-history-month

We also suggest the following resources:

  • Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans (has a section or two on the subject)
  • How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind by Thomas Oden
  • Black Man’s Religion by Glenn Usry and Craig Keener (this book is highly recommended with an excellent bibliography)
  • From Every People and Nation by J. Daniel Hays
  • The African Memory of Mark by Thomas Oden
  • A Multitude of All Peoples by Vince Bantu
  • Also, the Jude 3 Project has a bibliography page with many more resources: https://jude3project.org/early-african-christianity-bibliography

(Thank you @Brandon_Cleaver for your resource recommendations!)

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