The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
Yale University Press, 01/10/2008 - 295 páginas
A striking narrative of the Bible’s central role in African-American history from the early days of slavery to the present
The Talking Book casts the Bible as the central character in a vivid portrait of black America, tracing the origins of African-American culture from slavery’s secluded forest prayer meetings to the bright lights and bold style of today’s hip-hop artists.
The Bible has profoundly influenced African Americans throughout history. From a variety of perspectives this wide-ranging book is the first to explore the Bible’s role in the triumph of the black experience. Using the Bible as a foundation, African Americans shared religious beliefs, created their own music, and shaped the ultimate key to their freedom—literacy. Allen Callahan highlights the intersection of biblical images with African-American music, politics, religion, art, and literature.
The author tells a moving story of a biblically informed African-American culture, identifying four major biblical images—Exile, Exodus, Ethiopia, and Emmanuel. He brings these themes to life in a unique African-American history that grows from the harsh experience of slavery into a rich culture that endures as one of the most important forces of twenty-first-century America.
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18 Proslavery apologists often referred to Paul's Epistle to Philemon, traditionally
understood as a letter attending the return of a runaway slave, as a biblical
sanction for slavery: indeed, the letter came to be called the “Pauline Mandate”
for the ...
26 The grandmother of theologian and Christian mystic Howard Thur- man was
loath to hear the words of the Apostle Paul. The elderly woman allowed the
young Thurman to read to her only, and on rare occasion, Paul's paean to love in
38 In a letter to Francis Wayland, Richard Fuller insisted that Paul's exhortation to
slaveholding Colossians to “give unto your servants that which is just and equal”
was obviously a “special application” of the Golden Rule.39 African Americans ...
Lee has implicitly read against the grain of Paul's omission, in the last instance
appealing to Paul's argument later in the same chapter 15 that the resurrection of
Jesus is the basis of Christian hope: “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain;
Stewart's vocation as a lay preacher of Christian virtue met fierce resistance from
men in the public square. The argument wielded by hostile interlocutors to
silence her was biblical: Paul had said that women should be silent. Stewart's
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In this informative academic volume, Callahan (a New Testament professor at Brazil's SeminÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½rio TeolÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½gico Batista do Nordeste) examines how the music and literature of black ... Ler crítica na íntegra