Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts
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Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts  -     By: Marcus Jerkins

Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts

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Title: Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts
By: Marcus Jerkins
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 275
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
ISBN: 1506474624
ISBN-13: 9781506474625
Stock No: WW474625

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The third evangelist makes Black-skinned people central to his claim in Luke and Acts that the gospel of Jesus is restoring the children of God. Within Luke's literary environment, the identity of the children of God was linked to national/ethnic identity. Many Jewish texts argued for the Jews' position as God's children because they are bound to God by covenant; they are God's firstborn. But there is also a more general sense within this tradition that all human beings are made in the image of God and are, thus, the children of God through Adam. In the Gospel, Luke asserts that all nations and all ethnicities, including Israel, have questionable filial status vis-à-vis God. Both Israel and the nations are restored in status as God's children through Jesus, the Son of God.

In Acts, Luke explores the initial return of Israel and all ethnicities to God through the witness of the church empowered by the Spirit. To epitomize the return of all nations to God, Luke narrates the salvation of Black-skinned Africans. These Black lives are emphasized to signify that their representation in the church demonstrates the universal extent to which the salvation of Jesus Christ will reach. Their presence in the church is also meant to dignify their Black skin against an aesthetic bias that was prevalent in Greco-Roman views at that moment. This subversion of ethnographic bias helped Luke's audience sustain a gospel-centered critique against the devaluation of Black life.

Author Bio

Rev. Marcus Jerkins is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a BA in religion from Emory University, an MDiv and a ThM from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University. His current research concerns the importance of Black-skinned people in the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Jerkins is also the pastor of the Resurrection Baptist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland, the proud husband of Courtney A. Jerkins, and the loving father of three children, Nathaniel, Naomi, and Joanna.

Editorial Reviews

"Jerkins courageously reconfigures interpretive strategy, positioning Black life in America as an entryway for interpreting Luke-Acts." --Shively T. J. Smith, Boston University

"Jerkins argues that an 'I don't see color' attitude toward race and ethnicity is not a biblical perspective, certainly not reflective of Luke's Gospel and the book of Acts." --Nijay K. Gupta, Northern Seminary

"With Black Lives Matter to Jesus, Marcus Jerkins has provided biblical warrant for understanding the pivotal role that a Black-skinned person, the eunuch of Ethiopia, played in Luke's account of God's plan of salvation for humankind. Black Lives Matter to Jesus is as significant in its content as it is timely in its release--take up and read, and do it now!" --Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University

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