Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible

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Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
"A marvelous exploration of how the Bible has shaped African-American religion and culture" (Daniel J. Harrington, America), from the early days of slavery to the present

"This is a landmark book. I am not aware of any book in print that draws so many telling conclusions about African Americans and the Bible."--Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame

The Talking Book casts the Bible as the central character in a vivid portrait of Black America, tracing the origins of African-American culture from slavery's secluded forest prayer meetings to the bright lights and bold style of today's hip-hop artists.

The Bible has profoundly influenced African Americans throughout history. From a variety of perspectives this wide-ranging book is the first to explore the Bible's role in the triumph of the black experience. Using the Bible as a foundation, African Americans shared religious beliefs, created their own music, and shaped the ultimate key to their freedom--literacy. Allen Callahan highlights the intersection of biblical images with African-American music, politics, religion, art, and literature.

The author tells a moving story of a biblically informed African-American culture, identifying four major biblical images--Exile, Exodus, Ethiopia, and Emmanuel. He brings these themes to life in a unique African-American history that grows from the harsh experience of slavery into a rich culture that endures as one of the most important forces of twenty-first-century America.

Publication Date: 
March 1, 2008