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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


MOLOBI, Victor Masilo S. Drawing a connection between Coptic Christianity, their St Mark tradition, and contemporary AICs: A conversation with Coptic Bishop Markos. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.1, pp.1-16. ISSN 2412-4265.

This article raises a question from the assertions that Mark's memories of his martyrdom can provide an alternative theology for the African Independent Churches (AICs). Can there be a link with the Gospel of Mark from the African perspective? The AICs have been contending with matters of faith and culture, which bear a strong presence in their theology. Much has happened in attempting to answer the questions relating to their faith. This article tries to create an alternative narrative for the makeup of such theology. An interview with Bishop Markos has been a key factor in the founding of such a possibility. To Markos, St Mark, the Egyptian Coptic Church and the ancient Christian experience with their popes and bishops will inform such a theology. They were proud of their linear and orthodox connection to the times of Jesus Christ's earthly ministry two thousand years ago. Egypt and Alexandria-as situated in Africa-have compelled me to test such an allegation. Markos is the author of several books, and he has travelled extensively on the African continent in an attempt to understand the AICs. He introduced and discussed the relationship between Pope Shenouda III and the AICs for the formation of the Organisation of African Independent Churches (OAIC). This essay is an exploration of oral tradition. The Africans' claiming a connection with early Christianity through the Coptic Church has triggered a curiosity to perform more research.

Palabras clave : African Independent Churches; African memories; celebrate; martyrs; ironies; Ethiopian Habasa; conceptualisation; Sawirus; Synaxarries.

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