Heirs to Biblical prophecy: the All Peoples Prayer Assembly in Solomon Islands

Jaap Timmer*

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The notion that forebears of Solomon Islanders might be descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel is widespread among To'abaita speakers in North Malaita, and it features in a particular way in the theology of the popular All Peoples Prayer Assembly (APPA), also known as the Deep Sea Canoe Movement. Prominent in this boast of an Israelite genealogy is a Utopian fantasy of a just "Israel" grounded in the ancestral soil of the island of Malaita. This article describes the APPA worldview as an alternative modernity that is meaningful to the To'abaitans because it provides a new sense of self and a shared destiny. Although APPA's theology relates to the people's socio-economic concerns, it reveals more clearly the continuity of some key cultural models through changing global influences, local histories and cultural dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-34
Number of pages19
JournalNova Religio
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Bibliographical note

Published as Timmer, J. (2015). Heirs to Biblical Prophecy: the All Peoples Prayer Assembly in Solomon Islands. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 18(4), 16-34. © 2015 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by [the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the Sponsoring Society] for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.


  • All Peoples Prayer Assembly
  • Christian modernity
  • Deep Sea Canoe Movement
  • Malaita
  • Solomon Islands
  • To'abaita


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