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Title:The Beloved City: Commentary on a Kimbanguist Text
Author:MacGaffey, WyattISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1594907
Abstract:The longest and most important, also the most often reprinted, of the texts on faith and morals distributed among members of the Eglise de Jésus-Christ sur la Terre par le Prophète Simon Kimbangu is called Zolanga Yelusalemi dia Mpa (Being loyal to the New Jerusalem, or 'The Beloved City'). Simon Kimbangu's second son, Dialungana K. Salomon, published in mimeograph form for the use of pilgrims a number of texts, including The Beloved City, first put out in 1961, which was still being distributed at Nkamba (renamed the New Jerusalem or the New City, burial place of Simon Kimbangu, spiritual and theological centre of the EJCSK) in 1966. The first version of this document was called Strengthening the Church (1959), a second version Studying the Bible (1960). The text presented here, the third version, omits the administrative prescriptions of its predecessors. What remains is not so much a statement of Kimbanguist belief, as an argument, grounded in that belief, against the claims of other movements to deserve the loyalty of the Bakongo. Notes.