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Click for more detail about Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fortress Press (Jan 10, 2010)
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"If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."

So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: "I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.’ s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text, here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal transformation at the root of social justice: " By reaching into and beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we shall overcome these evils."

In these short meditative and sermonic pieces, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle, Dr. King articulated and espoused in a deeply personal compelling way his commitment to justice and to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual conversion that makes his work as much a blueprint today for Christian discipleship as it was then.

Individual readers, as well as church groups and students will find in this work a challenging yet energizing vision of God and redemptive love.


Click for more detail about Witnessing and Testifying by Rosetta E. Ross Witnessing and Testifying

by Rosetta E. Ross
Fortress Press (Jan 01, 2003)
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After a chapter exploring black women’s religious context and presenting early examples of this work by women of the ante-bellum and post-Reconstruction eras, Ross looks at seven civil rights activists who continue this tradition. They are Ella Josephine Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Way DeLee, Clara Muhammad, Diane Nash, and Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. In a fascinating narrative style that draws on biography, social history, and original archival research, Ross shows how their moral formation and work reflect both womanist consciousness and practices of witness and testimony, both emergent from the black religious context. Ross’ major work is engrossing history and moving ethical challenge. Examining black women’s civil rights activism as religiously impelled moral practices brings a new insight to work on the movement and lifts up a paradigm for engagement in the mountainous challenges of contemporary social life.

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Click for more detail about Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives (Facets) by Cain Hope Felder Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives (Facets)

by Cain Hope Felder
Fortress Press (Sep 01, 2002)
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Felder’s important work clarifies the profound differences in racial attitudes in the biblical world and now. He shows processes at work in both testaments that reflect ancient ambiguity about what we call race. He uncovers misuses of the biblical text (such as the so-called curse of Ham) in subsequent interpretation and shows how the Bible has been used to trivialize African contributions and demean and enslave black people. Felder challenges scholars and church people alike to deeper and more honest engagement with the biblical text.


Click for more detail about Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation by Cain Hope Felder Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation

by Cain Hope Felder
Fortress Press (Jun 01, 1991)
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Contents: Preface; Map; Introduction. Part One: The Relevance of Biblical Scholarship and the Authority of the Bible. 1. Interpreting Biblical Scholarship for the Black Church Tradition. 2. The Hermeneutical Dilemma of the African American Biblical Student. 3. Reading "Her Way" Through the Struggle: African American Women and the Bible. Part Two: African American Sources for Enhancing Biblical Interpretation. 4. The Bible and African Americans: An Outline of an Interpretative History. 5 "An Ante-bellum Sermon:" A Resource for an African American Hermeneutic. Part Three: Race and Ancient Black Africa in the Bible. 6. Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives. 7. The Black Presence in the Old Testament. 8. Beyond Identification: The Use of Africans in Old Testament Poetry and Narratives. Part Four: Reinterpreting Biblical Texts. 9. Who Was Hagar? 10. The Haustafeln (Household Codes) in African American Biblical Interpretation: "Free Slaves" and "Subordinate Women." 11. An African American Appraisal of the Philemon-Paul-Onesimus Triangle. Index of Ancient Sources. Index of Topics and Names. Contributors.