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His argument unfolds first through looking at the biblical text, especially the figure of Jesus and his ministry and how he broke the social barriers of his day. It then shows how African American Christians have historically appropriated this lens and legacy in their own religious and social experience and explains how this vision pertains to the state of black women in the churches today.
Williams's book will help all Christian churches reappropriate the biblical text and serve as a model for how the Bible can be responsibly employed in the churches and the public arena to promote equality for all people.
|Pt. 1||Early Christian experience and scripture|
|1||Jesus, Paul, and a new paradigm||13|
|2||Scripture, subjugation, and silence||44|
|Pt. 2||African American religious experience and the appropriation of scripture|
|3||Proclamation, protest, and a new principle||75|
|4||Pulpit, power, and prohibitions||107|
|Pt. 3||African American women's religious experience and the witness of scripture|
|5||Vision, envision, and revision||137|
|6||Women, word, and witness||160|
|Conclusion||"We've come this far by faith"||188|