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African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion


African Americans engagements with the Bible suggest much not only about who the people of the Bible are, how they sound and think, and what they mean and communicate but also about how Scripture functions in society and culture. African Americans use of the Bible as Scripture is varied and wide-ranging and has a storied history. These engagements should be understood as reflections of a people's long and continuing efforts to define and empower themselves. They are at once "readings" of the people of the worlds with which they were forced to negotiate. These engagements reflect the people's consistent aspiration for power to signify upon, speak back to, and reshape the worlds and situations forced upon them.


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