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Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation. Thirtieth Anniversary Expanded Edition

Stony the Road We Trod

African American Biblical Interpretation. Thirtieth Anniversary Expanded Edition

Cain Hope Felder (Editor)

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Available November 30, 2021

The publication of Stony the Road We Trod thirty years ago marked the emergence of a critical mass of Black biblical scholars--as well as a distinct set of hermeneutical concerns. 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, Black and African people in biblical narratives, and the liberating aspects of Scripture. The original volume reshaped and redefined the questions, concerns, and scholarship that determine how the Bible is appropriated by the church, the academy, and the larger society today.

To the original eleven essays this expanded edition adds a new introduction by Brian K. Blount and three new chapters by Kimberly D. Russaw, Shively T. J. Smith, and Jennifer T. Kaalund. Not only does Blount's new introduction access the impact of the first edition, but the new contributions extend the implications of Cain Hope Felder's vision for the book.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506472041
  • eBook ISBN 9781506472058
  • Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
  • Pages 335
  • Publication Date November 30, 2021

Table of Contents

Introduction - Cain Hope Felder

New Introduction - Brian K. Blount

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

PART V: NEW Directions

12. "Undaunted: Reading Miriam for the Sisters They Tried to Erase"

Kimberly Russaw

13. "Witnessing Jesus hang: Reading Mary Magdalene's View of Crucifixion through Ida B. Wells' Chronicles of Lynching"

Shively T.J. Smith

14. "You Can't See What I Can See: Reading Black Bodies in Galatians"

Jennifer Kaalund

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