Black Zion

Black Zion : African American Religious Encounters with Judaism

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Black Zion explores the myriad ways in which African American religions have encountered Jewish traditions, beliefs, and spaces. The collection's unifying argument is that religion is the missing piece of the cultural jigsaw puzzle, that much of the recent turmoil in black-Jewish relations would be better understood, if not alleviated, if the religious roots of those relations were illuminated. Toward that end, the contributors look a number of provocative topics, including the concept of the Chosen People, the typological identification of blacks with Jews, the actual identification of blacks as Jews, the sacredness of space and symbols, the importance of scriptural interpretation in creating theology and self understanding, the dialectic of exile and redemption in communal history, and the integration of ethnicity and religion in constructing group identity. Ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Hebrew Israelites and from Abraham Joshua Heschel to Martin Luther King, Jr., the book sheds light on a little examined but vitally important dimension of black-Jewish relations in America: religion.
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  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 161.5 x 231.6 x 23.6mm | 562.34g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195112571
  • 9780195112573

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART ONE: AFRICAN AMERICAN JEWS AND ISRAELITES ; Black Culture and Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism, 1790-1930: An Overview ; African American Jews: Dispelling Myths, Bridging the Divide ; Symbolic Identity Formation in an African American Religious Sect: The Black Hebrew Israelites ; Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona ; PART TWO: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS AND JUDAISM ; The Proximate Other: The Nation of Islam and Judaism ; The Nubian Islamic Hebrews, Ansaaru Allah Community ; PART THREE: AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM ; Remembering Nehemiah, A Note on Biblical Theology ; Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr. ; This is the Gateway to the Lord: The Legacy of Synagogue Buildings for African-American Churches on Cincinnati's Reading Road ; The Jew in the Haitian Imagination ; Selected Bibliography ; Notes on Contributors
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An intersting and well-researched collection of essays * Alistair Kee, Reviews in Religion and Theology *
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