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Black Zion African American Religious Encounters with Judaism

by Yvonne Chireau

Part of the Religion in America Series

Black Zion African American Religious Encounters with Judaism Synopsis

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.

Black Zion African American Religious Encounters with Judaism Press Reviews

An intersting and well-researched collection of essays * Alistair Kee, Reviews in Religion and Theology *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780195112573
Publication date: 27th January 2000
Author: Yvonne Chireau
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 254 pages
Categories: Interfaith relations, Judaism, Spirituality & religious experience,

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