Africa and the Bible

Corrective Lenses--Critical Essays

By Gene Rice

Edited by Alice Ogden Bellis

Foreword by Cain Hope Felder

Preface by Jonathan Rice

Africa and the Bible

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  • ISBN: 9781532658648
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication Date: 11/18/2019
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Africa and the Bible

Corrective Lenses--Critical Essays

By Gene Rice

Edited by Alice Ogden Bellis

Foreword by Cain Hope Felder

Preface by Jonathan Rice

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532658648
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication Date: 11/18/2019
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
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About-

Africa and the Bible is a collection of essays about the African influence on and presence in the Old Testament, written over Gene Rice’s more than fifty years of scholarly service at Howard University School of Divinity. They focus on characters with African heritage such as Ebed-melech and Jehudi in Jeremiah, and the prophet Zephaniah himself, as well as dealing with texts that have been misinterpreted to the detriment of African-Americans such as the story of the curse of Canaan, in which Ham and all his dark-skinned descendants are the ones viewed as cursed. One article provides evidence that the original worshippers of YHWH may have been from the land of Kush! One of Rice’s earliest articles deals with the story of Joseph and relates it to Jim Crow; Rice finds in the story a model for racial reconciliation that is still relevant today. With a foreword by his colleague of many years, Cain Hope Felder, Professor of New Testament at Howard University School of Divinity, now retired, and a preface by Jonathan Rice, Gene Rice’s son, the book is a treasure-trove of carefully researched, thought-provoking articles, and a perfect supplement to be used alongside a Hebrew Bible textbook.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“The scholarship of Professor Gene Rice, in and out of the classroom, has nurtured the biblical literacy of generations of seminarians and shaped the scholarly vocation of biblical scholars at the Howard University School of Divinity, myself among both categories. It is profoundly gratifying to have his critical essays collected and reintroduced for new generations of students and scholars. I found these essays enlightening as a student and foundational as a scholar; they are referenced among my current work. While no collection could offer the unacquainted reader the experience of being taught and mentored by this great man, his sagacity and careful thoughtfulness come through his written word. It is my pleasure to commend them to the reader.”

—Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School



“Gene Rice has spent half of a century opening our eyes and minds to a wellspring of literary treasures deeply embedded in biblical antiquity, and powerfully enriching for those whose blessings of Ebony Grace have been systemically occluded by scholarly prejudice, and white hermeneutical arrogance. In his inimitable diligence and passionate search for cultural liberation and spiritual truth, he has carefully peeled back many of the presumed myopic interpretations and layers of texts in the Hebrew Scriptures. These interpretations have tended to preclude the liberating vistas of divine embrace of African and other Ebony virtues, values, and visions that have been channeled through the rich stories of the pervasive African presence in Sacred Scripture. This volume re-echoes that divine command: Fiat Lux!!

—D. H. Kortright Davis, Professor of Theology, Howard University School of Divinity

Contributors-

Gene Rice
Alice Ogden Bellis
Cain Hope Felder
Jonathan Rice

Bio(s)-

Gene Rice was Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at the Howard University School of Religion for over fifty years until his retirement. He is the author of 1 Kings: Nations Under God.

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