"Mitzi Smith ably traces the arc of African American biblical interpretation. She extends that arc with her own contributions, interpreting passages from both Testaments. She reintroduces the reader to parables rooted in the atrocity of slavery, lays their brutality bare, and interprets them through the experience of African Americans. She does this while bringing postcolonial and social political theory to bear resulting in a text that critically reassess the utility of master/slave and kingdom rhetoric as religious, Christian language, particularly in congregational contexts. Her work on the Levite's tortured and butchered low-status wife offers a powerful analysis of the dehumanizing "dismembering" that results in trafficking, domestic, sexual, and institutional violence."
Insights from African American Interpretation