African American religious life and the story of Nimrod by Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

By Anthony B. Pinn, Allen Dwight Callahan

From help for racial discrimination to justification for fight opposed to the established order, the biblical textual content and its key figures have performed a fashionable position within the improvement of non secular discourse on urgent socio-political issues.  Slavery and persisted discrimination got theological sanction in the course of the previous testomony tale of Ham, yet what of his descendent Nimrod the hunter? African American non secular existence and the tale of Nimrod interrogates the character and that means of the biblical determine Nimrod's legacy for the youngsters of Africa, laying off gentle on an interesting question:  for individuals of African descent is Nimrod recognized, or infamous? 

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The hermeneutical basis of the religion of Nimrod was preserved nature. The engagement with nature evolved into a set of defined natural practices. At the center of these natural practices was the hunt. This naturalism, symbolized by the bacchanal revelry that attended the hunt, over time, became perhaps the most important identifying feature of the religion of Nimrod. Even today, the name of Nimrod is associated with hunting songs. An example of this association is the collection of hunting songs Nimrod’s Songs of the Chace, published by William Holland in London in 1788.

And I would wonder, How could that be? How does one, every one learn that lesson? Who is the teacher that taught it? Where is the classroom in which everyone is a student and everyone has learned so well the exact lesson? ” From this I reasoned that my blackness could not be an insult nor could it be something with which I was cursed. Rather, there was actually something GOOD and God-like within it. 1057/9780230610507 - African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod, Edited by Anthony B.

One cannot overestimate the impact of this history on the ability of the people of the African Diaspora to understand the forces that continue to shape their view of the world. The enslavement of Africans was buttressed by a hermeneutics of displacement. The biblical story of Nimrod and the interpretive struggle associated with it provides an example of the hermeneutics of displacement. Figures such as Hagar, the Shulamite maiden, the Ethiopian eunuch, and Simon of Cyrene are often valorized as confirmation of the presence of black people in the Bible.

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