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|Title: The Bible and African Americans: A History in Six Readings|
By: Vincent L. Wimbush
Number of Pages: 98
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2023
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 4.25 (inches)|
Weight: 3 ounces
Stock No: WW488481
African Americans' unique encounter with the Bible has shaped centuries of spirituality and the social engagement of a whole continent. In The Bible and African Americans, highly respected biblical scholar Vincent Wimbush outlines different ways African Americans read the Bible.
The Bible offered a language-world--a place that held the stories where they could retreat and imagine themselves as something different than they were--through which African Americans have negotiated the strange land into which they were thrust. Wimbush outlines six African American readings that correspond to different historical periods. He details the various responses to these historical situations and how they helped shape a collective self-understanding.
In this important and concise book, Wimbush demonstrates how the Bible empowered African Americans with agency and social power, still true today. When their voices were taken away, the Bible offered a way to speak again.
Vincent L. Wimbush is a transdisciplinary scholar of scriptures, former president of the Society for Biblical Literature, and the founding director of The Institute for Signifying Scriptures. He is the author or editor of more than twelve books, including Black Flesh Matters: Essays on Runagate Interpretation (2022), White Men's Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery (2012), MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference (2013), and Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon (2008).
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