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049 _aSBI
050 _a.R433
050 _aBS521.2.M478.R433
100 _aMcCaulley, Esau,
245 _aReading While Black :
_bAfrican American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope /
_cEsau McCaulley
260 1 _aDowners Grove, Illinois :
300 _a198 pages ;
_c23 cm
336 _atext
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
505 _tThe south got somethin' to say: making space for black ecclesial interpretation
_tFreedom is no fear: the New Testament and a theology of policing
_tTired feet, rested souls: The New Testament and the political witness of the church
_tReading while black: The Bible and the pursuit of justice
_tBlack and proud: the Bible and black identity
_tWhat shall we do with this rage?: the Bible and black anger
_tThe freedom of the slaves: Pennington's triumph.
520 _aGrowing up in the American South, Esau McCaulley knew firsthand the ongoing struggle between despair and hope that marks the lives of some in the African American context. A key element in the fight for hope, he discovered, has long been the practice of Bible reading and interpretation that comes out of traditional Black churches. This ecclesial tradition is often disregarded or viewed with suspicion by much of the wider church and academy, but it has something vital to say. Reading While Black is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation. At a time in which some within the African American community are questioning the place of the Christian faith in the struggle for justice, New Testament scholar McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times. He advocates for a model of interpretation that involves an ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible, in which the particular questions coming out of Black communities are given pride of place and the Bible is given space to respond by affirming, challenging, and, at times, reshaping Black concerns. McCaulley demonstrates this model with studies on how Scripture speaks to topics often overlooked by white interpreters, such as ethnicity, political protest, policing, and slavery. Ultimately McCaulley calls the church to a dynamic theological engagement with Scripture, in which Christians of diverse backgrounds dialogue with their own social location as well as the cultures of others. Reading While Black moves the conversation forward.
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545 _aEsau McCaulley (PhD, St. Andrews) is assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His publications include Sharing in the Son's Inheritance and numerous articles in outlets such as Christianity Today, The Witness, and The Washington Post.
650 _aBIBLE
_xBlack interpretations
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_aAfrican Americans
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653 _aChristian Church History.
655 _aSociology.
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_dCynthia Snell
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