African American religious life and the story of Nimrod by Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

By Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

From aid for racial discrimination to justification for fight opposed to the established order, the biblical textual content and its key figures have performed a admired function within the improvement of non secular discourse on urgent socio-political issues.  Slavery and endured discrimination got theological sanction during the outdated testomony tale of Ham, yet what of his descendent Nimrod the hunter? African American spiritual lifestyles and the tale of Nimrod interrogates the character and that means of the biblical determine Nimrod's legacy for the kids of Africa, laying off mild on an fascinating question:  for individuals of African descent is Nimrod recognized, or infamous? 

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Yes,” they had said. ” And they took the ugliness in their hands, threw it as a mantle over them, and went about the world with it. Dealing with it each according to his way. —Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye. I am so black; but [you are] lovely and pleasant [the ladies assured her]. O you daughters of Jerusalem . . —Song of Solomon 1:5. Commentators on American life and culture—from W. E. B. 1057/9780230610507 - African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod, Edited by Anthony B. com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-30 CH AP TER STACEY M.

Genesis 11:4–6 (King James Version). 6. A similar argument is made in “The Hypostasis of the Archons,” found in the Nag Hammadi Library. In this account, an effort is made to keep “Adam” in ignorance. The “rulers” are presented as acting against the interest of humans by attempting to restrict knowledge. I am grateful to Allen Callahan, my co-editor, for bringing this account to my attention. 7. Genesis 3:22–24 (King James Version). 8. For an interesting interpretation of the story of Babel that takes up this question of God’s intent but offers an alternate, one that justifies God’s actions, see: Leon R.

God had done a poor job, and Soaphead suspected that he himself could have done better. 4 This is a well-known but never uttered thought—the moral wisdom and the spiritual angst of those who have been rendered silent and invisible by the lack of an appropriate hermeneutic to discern the difference between a “sad, mean, little blue-eyed white man” and a God who can, in fact, see the world through the black eyes of black people. One of the sole vehicles through which many black people have come to imagine God and the permanence of their exigent circumstances is through the manipulation of scripture.

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