Zionist, adjective and & noun

Origin:
From the name of the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion, the first such church in South Africa: see quotation 1968 at Zionism (below).
A. adjective Of or pertaining to a group of independent southern African churches which practise a form of Christianity incorporating elements of traditional African beliefs. See also Shembe, ZCC.
1941 W.M.B. Nhlapo in Bantu World 1 Mar. 9I have been fortunate to see two well-established churches; Shembe in Natal and Mahona in the Free State. All the other Zionist churches are but tiny and poor shadows of these two.
1959 L. Longmore Dispossessed 325Sundkler discussing African separatist churches of the Zionist type points out that they are hostile to European techniques of education and medicine. They..carry over into their doctrines and worship values and rituals derived from traditional religion.
1962 M. Brandel-Syrier Black Woman 235‘Zionist’ Churches are..revivalistic, emotional, prophetic and visionary. Not so anti-European as the Ethiopians.
1968 Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage 152Zionist prophets..are believed..to be invested by the Holy Spirit with a supernatural power to heal.
1980 M. Matshoba in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 126Converts wore their ‘Zionist’ uniforms of blue on snow-white and clutched their staffs and bibles to join other worshippers in the locations.
1990 S. Afr. Panorama Nov.Dec. 4The most important impetus for Zionist churches came from Zion City near Chicago in the USA.
B. noun A member of a Zionist church; in pl., also used as a collective term for these churches and their members.
1948 B.G.M. Sundkler Bantu Prophets 55Theologically the Zionists are now a syncretistic Bantu movement with healing, speaking with tongues, purification rites, and taboos as the main expressions of their faith.
1956 H. Bloom Episode 318Among the crowd were a number of..location Zionists of various sects.
1968 Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage 151Often you will hear this simple expression of faith: ‘I was ill. The Zionists prayed for me and now I am well’.
1978 Staffrider Vol.1 No.4, 26Sometimes the Zionists would march down the street with their khaki uniforms and the white, tyre-soled boots they wore, singing without accompaniment.
1980 J. Cock Maids & Madams 56Preston-Whyte found that 20 percent of all domestic servants were Zionists. She attributed the popularity of this church to the community spirit among church members.
1990 J. Knappert Aquarian Guide to Afr. Mythology 37Among the Zionists, baptism has a central place.
Of or pertaining to a group of independent southern African churches which practise a form of Christianity incorporating elements of traditional African beliefs.
A member of a Zionist church; in pl., also used as a collective term for these churches and their members.
Derivatives:
Hence Zionism noun, the religious beliefs and practices of these churches; the churches collectively, described as a movement.
1968 Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage 151African Zionism has no connection with any modern Jewish movement. It is based on a Christian sect founded..in 1896 by John Alexander Doxie. By 1904, missionaries from Zion, Illinois, were carrying Doxie’s teaching to a receptive African audience.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 183In Zionism, African ‘prophets’ combined aspects of traditional African and Christian religious ritual, belief, and social organization.
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