Talking Book | Yale University PressBy Allen Dwight Callahan. New Haven, Conn. Allen Dwight Callahan opens his book with the following words: "African Americans are the children of slavery in America. And the Bible, as no other book, is the book of slavery's children" xi. He finds evidence of the influence, language, and imagery of the Bible throughout African American culture. The book argues that the language and imagery of the Bible have saturated the imagination of African Americans. Callahan attributes the peculiar appeal of the Bible to black Americans to blacks' heritage of slavery and degradation and the Bible's privileging of the dishonored.
The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
Explores the African American experience of the Bible from a variety of perspectives. Connecting biblical stories and images to the music, politics, religion, and arts and letters of African Americans, this work demonstrates the centrality of the Bible in black culture, both popular and highbrow. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item
From W. But even more powerfully, it suggests—without making the case directly—that the reading of the Christian tradition offered by African-Americans is as close as any to the authentic meaning of Christianity. Dionne Jr. Skip to main content. African Americans and the Bible. Description Reviews Awards Table of Contents.