This collection of essays exemplifies new directions being taken by biblical scholars using new literary, historical, and sociological critical tools to explore issues of concern to their communities and thus poses a challenge to others in the discipline to broaden the canons of interpretation and sources. The essays, from the generation of scholars following the writers of the historic Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation (Fortress, 1991), address issues of cultural criticism, utilization of Black religious sources such as the Negro spirituals and sermons, histories of struggles of Afro-diasporan peoples, and ideological criticism in interpreting the biblical text.
Randall C. Bailey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Hebrew Bible at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
—Randall C. Bailey
Triennial Tithes and the Underdog: A Revisionist Reading of Deuteronomy 14:22–29 and 26:12–15
—Harold V. Bennett
The Role of Ethnicity in the Social Location of 1 Corinthians 7:17–24
—Brad Ronnell Braxton
The Bible and Models of Liberation in the African American Experience
—Demetrius K. Williams
The Sorrow Songs: Laments From Ancient Israel and the African American Diaspora
—Wilma Ann Bailey
Textual Harassment? A Hermeneutical Perspective on African American Preaching
—Ronald N. Liburd
A Case Study in Eighteenth-Century Afrodiasporan Biblical Hermeneutics and Historiography: The MasonicCharges of Prince Hall
—Hugh Rowland Page
Let My People Go! Threads of Exodus in African American Narratives
—Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
A Prodigal Sings the Blues: The Characterization of Harriett Williams in Langston Hughes’s Not without Laughter
Yet with A Steady Beat: The Task of African American Biblical Hermeneutics
—Carolyn M. Jones
On the Blurring of Boundaries
African American Biblical Hermeneutics: Major Themes and Wider Implications
—Norman K. Gottwald
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