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 characters and events of the Bible became the functional equivalent of the ancestors and heroes long celebrated in West Africa.
Thus for Evangelicals, reading became a matter of religion. Leaders of the early-nineteenth-century American public school movement were Evangelical members ...
And as egalitarian relations became the proclaimed ideal if not the realized norm in Evangelical denominations, some slaves voted with their feet against ...
It became the venue of another abortive revolt that received inspiration from the Bible. An informant who betrayed the revolt alleged that Denmark Vesey, ...
... of uncensored religious instruction in the slave quarters, and slave owners became even more determined to prevent the spread of literacy among slaves.
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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