African American Studies | Biblical Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | History of Religions of Western Origin
The history of the influence, uses, and functions of the Bible among African Americans is dramatic and complex, and reflects the different, sometimes conflicting, sociopolitical and religious self-understandings, orientations, and aspirations of a dominant segment, if not the great majority, of African Americans.
Wimbush, Vincent L. Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture, Vol. 1, s.v. "The Bible and African-American Culture." New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1995. 315-316.