Black Zion by Yvonne Chireau
African American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Religion in America)

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Black Zion explores the myriad ways in which African American religions have encountered Jewish traditions, beliefs, and spaces. The collection's unifying argument is that religion is the missing piece of the cultural jigsaw puzzle, that much of the recent turmoil in black-Jewish relations would be better understood, if not alleviated, if the religious roots of those relations were illuminated. Toward that end, the contributors look a number of provocative topics, including the concept of the Chosen People, the typological identification of blacks with Jews, the actual identification of blacks as Jews, the sacredness of space and symbols, the importance of scriptural interpretation in creating theology and self understanding, the dialectic of exile and redemption in communal history, and the integration of ethnicity and religion in constructing group identity. Ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Hebrew Israelites and from Abraham Joshua Heschel to Martin Luther King, Jr., the book sheds light on a little examined but vitally important dimension of black-Jewish relations in America: religion.
 

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Chireau is associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at Swarthmore College, and holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Princeton University. Nathaniel Deutsch is Professor of Literature and History at Nathaniel Deutsch is Professor of Literature and History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author othe University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of"Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late Antiquf"Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late Antiquity "(1999) and "The Gnostic Imagination: Gnosticism, Mandaeity "(1999) and "The Gnostic Imagination: Gnosticism, Mandaeism, and Merkabah Mysticism "(1995), and the coeditor with Yism, and Merkabah Mysticism "(1995), and the coeditor with Y. Chireau, of "Black Zion: African American Religious Encoun. Chireau, of "Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism "(2000). ters with Judaism "(2000).
 
Published December 16, 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Other essays examine such topics as the theological connections between Judaism and African-American varieties of Islam, the appropriation of abandoned synagogues by African-American congregations and the employment of Jewish stereotypes among Haitian practitioners of Vodou.

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