African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Christianity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion
In the sense that they have always sought to know and articulate "the biblical position" on all matters pertaining to existence, including liberation for their people, all African American leaders--predominantly, though not exclusively, Christian--have been biblical theologians. But very few of these leaders have had as their major concern the academic study of the Bible apart from preparation for, and acceptance of, the presuppositions of confessional vocations. The paucity of African American biblical scholars only confirms the point.
© 1989 Duke University Press
Wimbush, Vincent L. “Biblical-Historical Study as Liberation: Toward an Afro-Christian Hermeneutic,” in African American Religious Studies: Selected Documents, ed. Gayraud S. Wilmore (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1989), 140–54.