The Lives of Prophets and Bishops

Richard Werbner

in Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268531
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949461 | DOI:
The Lives of Prophets and Bishops

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Prophets tell the story of inspired vocation and faith, sometimes from childhood but more commonly from their teens. It is a story in which they come to understand the troubles of others, gain the power of the Word, and eventually learn to protect themselves against the evil and the envious. The prophets themselves are diverse. However all come originally from villages and most from northern homes near the archbishop or in his subdistrict. They represent something of a third generation, at least in the history of their church, though usually not in their own families, where they are sometimes the first generation. Somewhat more than the senior pastors, they also come from widespread places and represent the ethnic diversity in the congregations; none are close kin or members of the same family. This chapter turns to five examples in order to document prophets' personal lives and vocational stories.

Keywords: prophets; vocation; faith; church; ethnic diversity; congregations

Chapter.  8114 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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