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Deciphering Authenticity or Inauthenticity in People or Things (Matt. 7:15-20): Key to Understanding the Igbo Concept “Onebunne” (Published)

Authenticity is the greatest virtue that is eluding humanity today and inauthenticity has invaded all aspects of human vocations and carriers. This is why Jesus was primarily against the Pharisees, Scribes, and it was the fundamental reason he calls them, “blind guides” and even “hypocrites” (Matt. 23). Yet, in the eyes of the Jews, the Pharisees, Chief Priests and Scribes are the best. They pretentiously behave as if they are the best. In the same way, our society today is filled with pretentious men and women. The implication is that among politicians, civil servants, clergymen and women, medical doctors, Christians and non-Christians, Muslims and non-Muslims, lawyers, and others, there exists authentic ones and inauthentic ones. The worst is that the inauthentic most often resembles the authentic hence deceptions are everywhere even in the assembly of believers. That is why Jesus in his wisdom warned his disciples to beware of false prophets who come to them in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matt. 7:15). The problem is, how does one know and distinguish the counterfeit from the original since they look alike? This paper aims at understanding the Igbo concept of “Onebunne” in the context of deciphering false prophets from authentic prophets through their fruits.  Textual Criticism and Thematic Interpretative method of exegesis were used both in the interpretation of Matt. 7:15-20 and the concept “Onebunne”. Significantly, this paper will be very relevant to all Igbos and non-Igbos for it exposes the full import of the concept “Onebunne.”

Citation:Ezeogamba, Anthony Ikechukwu (2021)  Deciphering Authenticity or Inauthenticity in People or Things (Matt. 7:15-20): Key to Understanding the Igbo Concept “Onebunne”, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.9, No.8, pp.33-45

 

Keywords: Authenticity, Inauthenticity, onebunne