Insights from African American Interpretation

Insights from African American Interpretation

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In this volume in the series Reading the Bible in the Twemty-First Century: Insights, Mitzi J. Smith describes the distinctive African American experience of Scripture, from slavery to Black Liberation and beyond, and the unique angles of perception that an intentional African American interpretation brings to the text today. Smith shows how questions of race, ethnicity, and the dynamics of “othering” have resulted in new reading of particular texts, and describes challenges that scholarship raises for the future of biblical interpretation.

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ISBN-13: 9781506400174
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Reading the Bible in the Twenty-First Century: Insights , #3
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mitzi J. Smith is associate professor of New Testament and early Christian studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, Detroit. She has contributed to The Women"s Bible Commentary, Onesimus Our Brother (Fortress Press, 2012), and True to Our Native Land (Fortress Press, 2007), and written The Literary Construction of the Other in the Acts of the Apostles (2011).

Mark Allan Powell taught New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for 32 years. He is author of 40 books on the Bible and editor of the Harper-Collins Bible Dictionary.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

1 Introducing African American Interpretation 1

2 Twentieth-Century Foundations 23

3 African American Biblical Interpretation in the Early Twenty-First Century 49

4 Slavery, Torture, Systemic Oppression, and Kingdom Rhetoric: An African American Reading of Matthew 25:1-13 77

5 Dis-membering, Sexual Violence, and Confinement: A Womanist Intersectional Reading of the Story of the Levite's Wife (Judges 19) 99

Bibliography 123

Index 137

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