Black Zion : African American Religious Encounters with Judaism: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Google eBook)

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Yvonne Chireau, Nathaniel Deutsch both Associate Professors of Religion Swarthmore College
Oxford University Press, Nov 22, 1999 - Religion - 256 pages
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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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Contents

PART ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN JEWS AND ISRAELITES
15
Dispelling Myths Bridging the Divide
33
The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona
73
PART TWO AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS AND JUDAISM
91
PART THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM
153
Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel
168
The Legacy of Synagogue Buildings
187
PreModern AntiJudaism in
203
Selected Bibliography
229
Index
237
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