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Pillars of Cloud and Fire: The Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation

Herbert Robinson Marbury


At the birth of the United States, African Americans were excluded from the newly formed Republic and its churches, which saw them as savage rather than citizen and as heathen rather than Christian. Denied civil access to the basic rights granted to others, African Americans have developed their own sacred traditions and their own civil discourses. As part of this effort, African American intellectuals offered interpretations of the Bible which were radically different and often fundamentally oppositional to those of many of their white counterparts. By imagining a freedom unconstrained, their ... More

Keywords: United States, African Americans, Bible, American identity, antebellum period, Civil War, black social reality, biblical interpreters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479835966
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479835966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert Robinson Marbury, author