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Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk [NOOK Book]

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This landmark work first published 20 years ago helped establish the field of African-American womanist theology. It is widely regarded as a classic text in the field. Drawing on the biblical figure of Hagar mother of Ishmael, cast into the desert by Abraham and Sarah, but protected by God Williams finds a proptype for the struggle of African-American women. African slave, homeless exile, surrogate mother, Hagar s story provides an image of survival and defiance appropriate to black women today. Exploring the ...
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Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk

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Overview

This landmark work first published 20 years ago helped establish the field of African-American womanist theology. It is widely regarded as a classic text in the field. Drawing on the biblical figure of Hagar mother of Ishmael, cast into the desert by Abraham and Sarah, but protected by God Williams finds a proptype for the struggle of African-American women. African slave, homeless exile, surrogate mother, Hagar s story provides an image of survival and defiance appropriate to black women today. Exploring the themes implicit in Hagar s story poverty and slavery, ethnicity and sexual exploitation, exile and encounter with God Williams traces parallels in the history of African-American women from slavery to the present day. A new womanist theology emerges from this shared experience, from the interplay of oppressions on account of race, sex and class. Sisters in the Wilderness offers a telling critique of theologies that promote liberation but ignore women of color. This is a book that defined a new theological project and charted a path that others continue to explore.

This landmark work in emerging African American "womanist" thought uses the image of Hagar--mother of Ishmael, cast into the wilderness by Abraham and Sarah but protected by God--as a prototype for African American women. Williams sees in the story of Hagar--an African woman, surrogate mother, homeless, exiled--an image of survival and defiance that is appropriate to African American women today. Index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608333110
  • Publisher: Orbis
  • Publication date: 10/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 708,145
  • File size: 551 KB

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Sisters in the Wilderness
Ch. 1 Hagar's Story: A Route to Black Women's Issues 15
Ch. 2 Tensions in Motherhood: From Slavery to Freedom 34
Ch. 3 Social-Role Surrogacy: Naming Black Women's Oppression 60
Ch. 4 Color Struck: A State of Mind 84
Ch. 5 Sisters in the Wilderness and Community Meanings 108
Pt. II Womanist God-Talk
Ch. 6 Womanist God-Talk and Black Liberation Theology 143
Ch. 7 Womanist-Feminist Dialogue: Differences and Commonalities 178
Ch. 8 Womanist Reflections on "The Black Church," the African-American Denominational Churches and the Universal Hagar's Spiritual Church 204
Afterword 235
Notes 241
Index 281
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