The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections

The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections

The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections

The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections

Synopsis

The unique history and experience of African Americans have left them with strong views on the role of suffering - both Jesus' and their own - in the story of redemption. This volume explores the biblical, historical, and theological roots of African American views. Each contributor has approached the topic also from his or her own scholarly discipline and location within the larger black church. Issues include black embodiment and the reality of suffering, the forsakenness of Christ and African American experience, the passion as reflected in black hymnody and biblical reading, and Jesus' suffering as seen in slave religion and since then. Features: Highlights the distinctive way in which many African American Christians have understood the passion of Jesus Offers historical, theological, and pastoral assessments of this legacy Brief, nonscholarly format lends accessibility for a broad, church-based readership

Excerpt

The unique historical trajectory of African Americans has led them to find a passionate engagement and distinctive resonance with the Gospel story of the Passion of Jesus. This brief volume explores the meaning of the Passion within the framework of African Americans’ Christian consciousness, both historically and now. It marks a new attempt to rethink African American theology in light of the common practices and experience of generations of black Christians. How, it asks, does the biblical account of Jesus’ death function in the religious experience of African Americans? How was it embraced and interpreted by enslaved Africans who became converted to Christianity? Inspired in part by the discussion of Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, the contributors to this book explore . . .

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