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African Origins of Major "Western Religions" [Paperback]

Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Black Classic Pr (Dec 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933121296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933121294
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book has changed my life forever. 1 July 2012
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I grew up in a Christian catholic and protestant family, both on my mother's side. I have an Uncle who is a Roman Catholic priest and an aunty who is a Nun. I was a christian for the first 17 years of my life and deep inside my soul I always felt that there was more to life and "religion" than I had been led to believe. Going to church just felt like being a member of another social club. In time my soul lost interest and wanted more. Thankfully I discovered Dr Ben's book and my life has never been the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Ben at his best 12 Sep 2002
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I must say if you read one Dr.Ben book you read them all. However the African Origins of Major Western Religion is on of Dr.Ben's greatest works. Dr.Ben explains the ideologies of Christianity,Islam, and Judism confronting the fact that all of these religions are based on African Spiritual concepts. He shows in an easy to understand manner the stolen concepts that europeans have used for their imperilistic benefit. This book will make you question why it is you believe what you believe as well as where do you stand as a human being in the universe. I highly recommend this book to all students of African history, and Religious concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars real research for real people 11 Sep 2005
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Possibly one of the best books written of its kind. The author links various Afrikan pagan spiritual faiths and gods to each other (JuJu, Voodoo, Odemare, Sun Worship, Afrikan holy trinity) to all the major western religions, as well as to music such as jazz and gospel. It is comprehensive in scope and very historical in perspective, examining each major religions relationships by chapter. One thing for sure, is that there is not one single religion on earth conceived, invented, maintained, helped along without Afrikans as major players, real and mythological to help spread the gospel and make modern religion what it is today. The author gives excellent bibliographical references for those who are critics to see for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well documented and researched 26 May 2003
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Another classical researched body of work by DR. Yosef ben Yochannan. he deals with the early african origins of judaism (hebrew faith) Christianity and islam. He shows how the ten commandments were extracted from the 147 confessions so called "negative confessions" as well as african folklore nad mythology that went into the making of these so called "western religion" he deals with early african character who played critical roles in the early development of "judaism", christianity and islam. such characters as st. Cyprian, Tertullian, St. Augustine. Bilal ibn rabah, Al-jahiz and Ibrahim al Mahdi. this work is in depth and well researched. it should be read by all, but of course only by some.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory to Kemet from African Eyes!! 28 April 1999
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Dr. Ben has provided us with numerous publications which dispell the lies that pervade the telling of "His-Story". This work along with "The Black Man of the Nile and His Family", "We the Black Jews", and "Africa Mother of Civilation" are must reads for Africans trying to find there way in the world.
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Yosef A.A. (Alfredo Antonio) Ben-Jochannan (born 1918 in Ethiopia; known simply as "Dr. Ben" to his students and readers) is an American historian specializing in Africa.

He writes in the Introduction to this 1970 book (reprinted in 1991), "(T)he main purpose of this work is to show that there is another phase to the greatness that is still 'MOTHER AFRICA,' the MOTHER OF MANKIND, a sort of 'GARDEN OF EDEN,' also to provide another perspective in Africa's major contribution to world civilization which may well assist in rearranging the present and future tenets of religious thought."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"I shall show that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are as much African as they are Asian in origin, and in no sense what-so-ever European as the title, 'Western Religions' suggests..." (Pg. vi)
"The only reason that the three indigenous African Popes of the Roman Catholic Church have not been examined here ... is because they have done nothing outstanding in the history of Christendom..." (Pg. 137)
"Yet all of these (Ten) 'Commandments' and the lesser ones---which most people do not know exist---are almost exact copies of laws and religious philosophical concepts which the African Jews, as they were by that time, lived under..." (Pg. 147-148)
"The legacy of Voodooism inherited by so-called 'Western Religions' should not surprise anyone more than the legacy Christianity inherited from Judaism, or the legacy Islam inherited from both Judaism and Christianity..." (Pg. 279)
"Moses and Judaism, like Jesus Christ and Christianity (the daughter of Judaism), had their origins in the Nile Valley civilizations. And of course Islam, with her God---Allah ... cannot escape its indigenous African origin..." (Pg. 149)
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