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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The Bible's impact on the African-American imagination also has been broad and
varied in the arts. Negro spirituals, that great corpus of African-American sacred
music, are shot through with biblical allusions, and the genre of ...
In the 1930s, littérateurs of the Harlem Renaissance brought black biblical
folklore to American belles lettres. Biblical interpretation is a veritable subgenre
in the Hip-Hop music of African-American urban youth, and the figure of Jesus
The master, holding the Bible and the whip, would now wield each in the service
of the other. This biblical Christianity would be the only religion of the book that
the slaves might know. It would be unlikely to nurture another Frederick Douglass
continue to struggle, even in their own minds, with the ownership of the Bible that
they shared with the master class. ... African Americans would have to
counterinterpret the passages adduced as evidence of the biblical curses that
black folks ...
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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