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Pillars of cloud and fire : the politics of exodus in African American biblical interpretation
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ISBN: 9781479812509 1479875031 Year: 2015 Publisher: New York New York University Press

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At the birth of the United States, African Americans were excluded from the newly-formed Republic and its churches, which saw them as savage rather than citizen and as heathen rather than Christian. Denied civil access to the basic rights granted to others, African Americans have developed their own sacred traditions and their own civil discourses. As part of this effort, African American intellectuals offered interpretations of the Bible which were radically different and often fundamentally oppositional to those of many of their white counterparts. By imagining a freedom unconstrained, their work charted a broader and, perhaps, a more genuinely American identity. In 'Pillars of Cloud and Fire', Herbert Robinson Marbury offers a comprehensive survey of African American biblical interpretation.


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Scripturalizing Revelation : an African American postcolonial reading of empire
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ISBN: 9781628370881 9781628370874 1628370882 9781628370898 Year: 2015 Volume: 80 Publisher: Atlanta : SBL Press,

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Darden’s reading of Revelation examines John the Seer’s rhetorical strategy, in general, and imperial cult imagery in chapters 4 and 5, in particular, through the lens of an African American scripturalization supplemented by postcolonial theory. The scripturalization proposes that John the Seer’s signifyin(g) on empire demonstrated that he was well aware of the oppressive nature of Roman imperialism on the lives of provincial Asian Christians. Yet, ironically, John reinscribed imperial processes and practices. Darden argues that African American biblical scholarship must now attend adequately to these complex cultural negotiations lest it find itself inadvertently feeding the imperial beast.

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