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Black Zion: African-American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Yvonne Chireau Nathaniel Deutsch (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195112580
Black Zion: African-American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Yvonne Chireau Nathaniel Deutsch (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195112580
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Title: Black Zion: African-American Religious Encounters with Judaism

Author: Chireau, Yvonne Nathaniel Deutsch (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195112580

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

List Price in Paper: $53.00 Our price: $48.99

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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.CONTENTSContributors Introduction Pt. 1 African American Jews and Israelites 1 Black Culture and Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism, 1790-1930, an Overview 2 African American Jews: Dispelling Myths, Bridging the Divide 3 Symbolic Identity Formation in an African American Religious Sect: The Black Hebrew Israelites 4 Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona Pt. 2 African American Muslims and Judaism 5 The Proximate Other: The Nation of Islam and Judaism 6 The Nubian Islaamic Hebrews, Ansaaru Allah Community: Jewish Teachings of an African American Muslim Community Pt. 3 African American Christianity and Judaism 7 Remembering Nehemiah: A Note on Biblical Theology 8 Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr. 9 This Is the Gateway to the Lord: The Legacy of Synagogue Buildings for African American Churches on Cincinnati's Reading Road 10 "The Jew" in the Haitian Imagination: Pre-Modern Anti-Judaism in the Postmodern Caribbean Selected Bibliography Index
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