Suggested by David Harris, Ph.D. Student in NELC
"Blackening of the Bible is an introduction to specifically African American hermeneutics of the Bible in which he argues for creating an intellectual space within the field of biblical studies for taking seriously the interpretations of marginalized communities. This book takes seriously the social location of the interpreter with respect to race, gender, class, cultural location, and ideological orientation, and the absence of objectivity that all of these imply. Brown surveys and critiques many hermeneutical modes used by African American scholars since the first African American was granted a PhD in Biblical Studies: from the search for Africans in the Bible in the forties and fifties to contemporary Womanist interpretations. Blackening of the Bible is an important survey of the evolution of the black hermeneutical enterprise—its aims, modes, challenges, as well as its practitioners, including Randall Bailey, Anna Julia Cooper, Charles B. Copher, Kelly Brown Douglas, Cain Hope Felder, bell hooks, and Renita J. Weems. This book should be read by anyone interested in biblical studies, or in African American biblical hermeneutics or black theology, whether within academia or in the larger society."