No serious scholar in biblical studies today can introduce students to his or her field without taking into account the contributions of African American scholarship. The long traditions of biblical interpretation in the Black Church, and the invative research and writing performed by African American scholars in recent years are w essential components of a critical study of the Bible. Until w, kwing how best to introduce the fruits of African American biblical scholarship to students has been difficult. Good resources exist, yet too often they are t written with the needs of introductory students in mind. This book meets that need by providing an overview of the most important developments in African American approaches to biblical scholarship. It offers insight into the particular ways that African American scholarship has shaped the world of biblical study.
Juan Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Black Church Studies; History and Critical Theories of Religion (HACTOR) of Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee.