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The Talking Book

African Americans and the Bible

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The Talking Book by Allen Dwight Callahan
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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.

Author Biography

Allen Dwight Callahan is director of the Instituto Martin Luther King, Jr. in Salvador, Brazil.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
156x234x18
ISBN-13
9780300136166
Product ID
2058660

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