The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History

The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History

The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History

The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History

Synopsis

"The unique encounter of African Americans with the Bible has shaped centuries of the spirituality and social engagement of a whole continent. Highly respected biblical scholar Vincent Wimbush here outlines five phases of African American biblical reading and shows how the language of the Bible enabled African Americans to negotiate the strange world into which they were thrust." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Think of the myriad ways in which the Bible daily intersects with African American culture. The preacher’s lyrical enunciation of a passage from it forms the pretext for her Sunday morning sermon. Another preacher’s use of excerpts from it is part of his class study of women’s roles and codes of behavior in church and society. The youth’s perfectly memorized recitation of it becomes part of special Sunday school exercises. The mass choir’s moving and rhythmic representation of favorite stories from it forms jazzy gospel tunes. Its criticalprophetic stings are recalled by the lyrical jeremiads of the street preacher in the middle of the financial district. A carefully chosen anthology of passages from . . .

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