Bible Witness in Black Churches

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

byGarth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher

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What is the proper place of the Bible in Black Churches? Baker-Fletcher explores the Bible as a uniquely authoritative text within the context of Black church worship and service to the world. He analyzes the Bible’s central role in three forms of witness: translation, proclamation, and empowerment.  Trusting that the Bible is authentically “God’s Word” that uses human language, Baker-Fletcher affirms the uniqueness of the Bible in the church’s multiple tasks of preaching, teaching, and prophetic ministries. Finally, finding proverbial wisdom in rap music, the book concludes with a case study of the book of Romans.

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What is the proper place of the Bible in Black Churches? Baker-Fletcher explores the Bible as a uniquely authoritative text within the context of Black church worship and service to the world. He analyzes the Bible’s central role in three forms of witness: translation, proclamation, and empowerment.  Trusting that the Bible is authenti...

Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher is Associate Professor of Religion at Texas College, in Tyler Texas.  He is the author of several books, including: Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity (1993); Xodus: An African American Male Journey (1995); My Sister My Brother with Karen Baker-Fletcher (1997); and Dirty Hands: ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.31 × 5.7 × 0.62 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230617719

ISBN - 13:9780230617711

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Standing on the Shoulders of Those Gone Before * The Word * Translated Witness * Proclaimed Witness * Empowered Witness * Proverbs: Mother Wit and da Streetz * Vision

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“This groundbreaking work by Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher is timely and needed. As many are revisiting both the sources and methods of Black Theology, this book brings a needed reminder that engagement with the biblical text as having a primary authority is absolutely necessary if a theology is to speak authentically from and for the Black Christian tradition. I would recommend this book for classes in Black Theology and others that seek to explore theology and the Black Church.”--Stephen G. Ray Jr., Neal and Ila Fisher Professor of Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary