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4.0 out of 5 stars An Afro-American Perspective, 8 Dec. 2007
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A. Gilmore (Lancing, West Sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History (Facets) (Paperback)
A historical summary of the way in which Christianity has developed and expressed itself among Afro-Americans in the USA and how this has influenced their selection and interpretation of Bible passages at different stages in their history.
Beginning with the assertion that for these communities the Bible provided a language for survival and a world into which they could retreat when they first encountered the culture shock of `meeting the missionaries on their own soil' in the 15th century, he shows how they adopted the `white folks' book but did not interpret it in a way that white Christians in the USA and the dominant culture accepted it nor in the way the whites wanted them to accept it. From here he traces the varying emphases in biblical studies among Afro-Americans, where each reading is assumed to be communal, arises out of a particular situation and then comes up again later to be associated with something similar.
Reads well, is informative and well documented but the material is slight, limited and used only as illustration, perhaps preparing the way for a thorough and more comprehensive thesis. Not to be confused with books which offer fresh African insight into familiar passages.

Alec Gilmore, University of Sussex
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