African Americans and the Bible

Sacred Texts and Social Textures

Edited by Vincent L. Wimbush

African Americans and the Bible

paperback-logo

  • ISBN: 9781610979641
  • Pages: 912
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $91.00
Web Price: $72.80
Web Price: $72.80

African Americans and the Bible

Sacred Texts and Social Textures

Edited by Vincent L. Wimbush

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781610979641
  • Pages: 912
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $91.00
Web Price: $72.80

About-

Perhaps no other group of people has been as much formed by biblical texts and tropes as African Americans. From literature and the arts to popular culture and everyday life, the Bible courses through black society and culture like blood through veins. Despite the enormous recent interest in African American religion, relatively little attention has been paid to the diversity of ways in which African Americans have utilized the Bible.

African Americans and the Bible is the fruit of a four-year collaborative research project directed by Vincent L. Wimbush and funded by the Lilly Endowment. It brings together scholars and experts (sixty-eight in all) from a wide range of academic and artistic fields and disciplines--including ethnography, cultural history, and biblical studies as well as art, music, film, dance, drama, and literature.

The focus is on the interaction between the people known as African Americans and that complex of visions, rhetorics, and ideologies known as the Bible. As such, the book is less about the meaning(s) of the Bible than about the Bible and meaning(s), less about the world(s) of the Bible than about how worlds and the Bible interact--in short, about how a text constructs a people and a people constructs a text. It is about a particular sociocultural formation but also about the dynamics that obtain in the interrelation between any group of people and sacred texts in general. Thus African Americans and the Bible provides an exemplum of sociocultural formation and a critical lens through which the process of sociocultural formation can be viewed.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"African Americans and the Bible is a provocative and challenging work whose impact on biblical study promises to be universally transformative."
--Brian K. Blount, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Finally, we have a resource that dismantles the sacred cows of modern biblical criticism . . . The field of biblical studies should closely reexamine itself in light of African Americans and the Bible. The implications for other ethnic groups are immense."
--Thomas B. Slater, The University of Georgia

Contributors-

Vincent L. Wimbush

Bio(s)-

Vincent L. Wimbush, PhD, Harvard University, is Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at the Claremont Graduate University.

More from the Contributor(s)-

see all »

Our ImprintsExplore our different imprints . . .-

View Our Publishing Partners »
Explore our different imprints . . . View Our Publishing Partners »
© 2016 Wipf and Stock Publishers. All Rights Reserved.