This pioneering commentary sets biblical interpretation firmly in the context of African American experience and concern. Cutting-edge scholarship that is in tune with African American churches calls into question many of the canons of traditional biblical research and highlights the role of the Bible in African American history, accenting themes of ethnicity, class, slavery, and African heritage as these play a role in Christian Scripture and the Christian odyssey of an emancipated people.
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“However, these same men, on account of segregation, organized what became the Assemblies of God, the largest white Pentecostal denomination in 1914, ending the brief interracial cooperation of black and white Pentecostals by 1924.” (Page 219)
“In 3:28, Paul pleads for the eradication of dominance, not the erasure of difference. When people enter the Christian community through belief in Christ and baptism, they do not lose the social distinctions that have characterized their lives.” (Page 340)
“it is about how we conduct our relationships as well as our behavior” (Page 92)
“Yet, as King knew as well, God is often the source of unrest in the universe. God challenges those in power. We see this repeatedly in the Old Testament: God raised up prophets to challenge the power of wayward kings. In this case, the birth of a child disturbs the existing power structure and forebodes its ultimate collapse.” (Page 88)