The unique encounter of African Americans with the Bible has shaped centuries of spirituality and social engagement of a whole continent. Highly respected biblical scholar Vincent Wimbush here outlines the five phases of African American reading and shows how the Bible offered a language-world through which Africans Americans have negotiated the strange land into which they were thrust.
“First, each historical ‘reading’ is assumed to be public, or communal, not private or individualistic.” (Page 8)
“A perception of power was associated with simply being able to show up from another world” (Page 16)
“African Americans as a circle of the biblical imaginary.1 It helped a people imagine themselves as something other, in another world, different from what their immediate situation reflected or demanded.” (Page 4)
“an approach to biblical interpretation informed by trauma—both physical and psychosocial.” (Page 28)
“the sacred book as cargo that was most often the primary object of exchange.” (Page 14)