Part of the Repentance and Reconciliation in Scripture series

Extreme Violence, Nahum, and Reconciliation in the Congo (Jacob Onyumbe Wenyi)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been afflicted by war and violence. The people are not always ready for reconciliation, because they are busy seeking justice. Dr. Jacob Onyumbe Wenyi, a professor and a Roman Catholic priest of the diocese of Tshumbe (D.R. Congo), discusses his book on Nahum, “Piles of Slain, Heaps of Corpses.”

The violence in the book of Nahum connects directly to the experiences of people in the Congo. Dr. Onyumbe Wenyi explains how Nahum’s portrayal of a vengeful God and abhorrent war scenes can speak to severely traumatized communities.

Show notes:

  • 0:27 Wars in the Congo
  • 3:41 How the war affected the culture
  • 6:29 How people live in a context marked by tragedy
  • 10:35 Not ready for reconciliation
  • 11:36 Dr. Onyumbe Wenyi’s perspective on forgiveness
  • 15:40 The Book of Nahum
  • 18:36 Piles of Slain, Heaps of Corpses

Show notes by Dominique LaCroix.

Image created by Rubner Durais

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