Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism

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Yvonne Patricia Chireau, Nathaniel Deutsch
Oxford University Press, 2000 - Religion - 241 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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THE BOOK THE BLACK ZION IS A ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY WITH THE SECRETS OF THE UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN BEING THAT THOSE WHO ARE NOT OF THE BLOOD LINE OF THE CHOOSEN WILL NEVER FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON. TO YOU THE ECONOMY IS THE MANY MATERIALS THAT YOU HAVE RAPPED FROM THE EARTH. THE RESOURCE THAT YOU CAN USE TO DETRACT THE ATTENTION OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLD. FOR YOU CAN LOOK AT THOSE WHO MADE A ATTEMPT TO LOCATE THE ENERGY OF THE UNKNOWN BUT YOU CAN NOT FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE RETRACED THIER HERITAGE. FOR THOSE WHO THINK THAT MILLIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE HAVE WAISTED THIER TIME IN RESEARCHING THE PROVE OF GREATNESS YOU ARE MISTAKING.
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN BENIFIT FROM THE FAVOR OF THE MANY LEADERS THAT GAVE THIER LIFE TO THE STRUGGLE OF BLACK PEOPLE YOU ARE MISTAKING. YOU CAN ONLY SIT BACK AND GATHER INFORMATION THAT WILL NOT DO YOU ANY GOOD. FOR THE TRUTH IS PLACE IN THE HEART OF THOSE WHO ARE TO LEAD. AND THE INFORMATION THAT IS NEEDED IS GIVEN ON A DAILY MEASURE-YOUREXCELLENCY DEREK NUSKQU WADE
 

Contents

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS AND JUDAISM
89
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM
151
Selected Bibliography
229

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