Sing a New Song: Liberating Black Hymnody

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Jon Michael Spencer's bold book steps into the intersection of African American life and Christian traditions. He tracks ways in which distortions within the biblical and theological traditions - notably their biases and myths about gender, race, and class - have infected even black Christianity. His learned and eloquent plea for a more critical Christianity has important implications for all churches.

Here, Spencer examines the ways in which systemic distortions ...

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Overview

Jon Michael Spencer's bold book steps into the intersection of African American life and Christian traditions. He tracks ways in which distortions within the biblical and theological traditions - notably their biases and myths about gender, race, and class - have infected even black Christianity. His learned and eloquent plea for a more critical Christianity has important implications for all churches.

Here, Spencer examines the ways in which systemic distortions about race, class, and gender within the Christian tradition have infected even black Christianity and its hymnody. The author eloquently calls for a deeper understanding of such distortions and their underlying Biblical traditions. Includes text and music for six original hymns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800627225
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Petition 1
1 The Requisite of Revision 3
2 The Prerequisite of Exegetical Freedom 39
Pt. 2 Exegeses 85
3 Gender and Hymnody 87
The Fall Interpreted in Ancient and Modern Times 88
Genesis 3:1-6 93
The Primeval Story of Genesis 95
A Verse-by-Verse Study of the Temptation and Transgression 99
The Problem of the Punishment of Woman 108
The Question of the So-called Fall Reconsidered 110
Patriarchy's Fall 111
4 Race and Hymnody 115
The Curse Interpreted in Modern Times 116
Genesis 9:18-27 129
Genesis: The Book of Beginnings 131
The Flood as a Parallel Creation Story 133
A Verse-by-Verse Study of the Story 135
The Theological Meaning of the Curse 141
5 Class and Hymnody 149
Toward a Theodicy Reconciling Slavery and Christianity 150
Christ and "Communitas" 155
Philemon 8-21 160
The Structure of Philemon 163
A Verse-by-Verse Reading of Paul's Proof and Peroration 165
The Question of Slavery 173
The Antislavery Argument 176
The Dialectic of Structure and Antistructure 180
The Insufficiency of Ideological Communitas 183
Pt. 3 Revision 187
6 Anatomy of a New Hymnal 189
Appendix of Original Hymns 209
Our God Who Reigns Lord before Us 211
Gird Our Loins and Guide Our Lives 212
Peace, Be Still 213
O Freedom! 215
Jesus Is Born! O What a Great Day! 216
Select Bibliography 217
Index 223
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