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 African Church was razed, and new laws strictly proscribed reading, writing,
preaching, and assembly of slaves. ... Sanctions against teaching slaves to read
and write were severe: slaves discovered caught writing or learning to write ...
After theological conflict had alienated her from her family, she received divine
assurance that “the time will come when you can write.” Shortly thereafter, while
she worked as a dressmaker, “This word was spoken in my mind”: “Who learned
If there chanced to be among the slaves a man of their own race who could read
and write, he generally preached and would, at times and places unknown to the
master, call his fellow slaves together and hold religious services with them.
56 So wrote the man who, in the age of Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker,
forewent a career as a jazz musician and went on to write the Great American
Novel. The ambivalent memory of African-American illiteracy is most lucid where
I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts” (Jer. 31:31–32).
The Hebrew word for “law” in this oracle is torah, the name traditionally ascribed
to the Bible of the ancient Israelites. Jeremiah's oracle promises that God will ...
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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