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Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation

Stony the Road We Trod

African American Biblical Interpretation

Cain Hope Felder (Editor)

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A hallmark of American black religion is its distinctive use of the Bible in creating community, resisting oppression, and fomenting social change. What can critical biblical studies learn from the African American experience with the Bible, and vice versa?

This singular volume marks the emergence of a critical mass of black biblical scholars. Combining sophisticated exegesis with special sensitivity to issues of race, class, and gender, the authors of this scholarly collection examine the nettling questions of biblical authority, blacks and African in biblical narratives, and the liberating aspects of Scripture. Together they are reshaping and redefining the questions, concerns, and scholarship that determine how the Bible is appropriated by church, academy, and the larger society today.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800625016
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 272
  • Publication Date June 1, 1991

Endorsements

"A landmark volume...of rigorous scholarship, laying out the issues in African American biblical hermeneutics clearly, cogently, and prophetically."
— Gale A. Yee

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Map
    Introduction

    PART I: THE RELEVANCE OF BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE

  1. Interpreting Biblical Scholarship for the Black Church Tradition
    Thomas Hoyt, Jr.

  2. The Hermeneutical Dilemma of the African American Biblical Student
    Renita J. Weems

  3. Reading Her Way through the Struggle: African American Women and the Bible
    Renita J. Weems

    PART II: AFRICAN AMERICAN SOURCES FOR ENHANCING BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

  4. The Bible and African Americans: An Outline of an Interpretative History
    Vincent L. Wimbush

  5. "An Ante-bellum Sermon": A Resource for an African American Hermeneutic
    David T. Shannon

    PART III: RACE AND ANCIENT BLACK AFRICA IN THE BIBLE

  6. Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives
    Cain Hope Felder

  7. The Black Presence in the Old Testament
    Charles B. Copher

  8. Beyond Identification: The Use of Africans in Old Testament Poetry and Narratives
    Randall C. Bailey

    PART IV: REINTERPRETING BIBLICAL TEXTS

  9. Who Was Hagar?
    John W. Waters

  10. The Haustafeln (Household Codes) in African American Biblical Interpretation: "Free Slaves" and " Subordinate Women"
    Clarice J. Martin

  11. An African American Appraisal of the Philemon-Paul-Onesimus Triangle
    Lloyd A. Lewis

    Index of Ancient Sources
    Index of Topics and Names
    Contributors
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