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Bitter the Chastening Rod: Africana Biblical Interpretation after Stony the Road We Trod in the Age of BLM, SayHerName, and MeToo by [Mitzi J. Smith, Angela N. Parker, Ericka S. Dunbar Hill, Brian K. Blount, Theodore W. Burgh, Allen Dwight Callahan, Ronald Charles, Stacy Davis, Dennis R. Edwards, Wil Gafney, Clarice J. Martin, William H. Myers, Page, Jr., Hugh R.,, Emerson B. Powery, Marcus W. Shields , Kamilah Hall Sharp, Thomas B. Slater, Renita J. Weems, Jeremy L. Williams]

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Ronald Charles is assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He earned his PhD in early Christianity from the University of Toronto. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


Since African American biblical interpretation is unapologetically contextual, the contributors of Bitter the Chastening Rod engage the cultural history of Black peoples in the U.S. and diaspora, raising new questions about humanity, discipline, and culture amidst social movements such as #BLM, #SayHerName, and #MeToo. Consequently, this collective work of Africana biblical critics emerges as an assemblage of culturally informed knowledge of the text and history, innovative deployments of theories and hermeneutics, and emancipatory pedagogy grounded in praxis. It demonstrates the perseverance, resilience, and brilliance of generations of Black biblical scholarship. As Stony the Road We Trod opened the path not only for Black scholarship but also for other minoritized scholars, this volume is a must-read for all biblical scholars and an invaluable source for faith communities to join the struggle for justice in our time.

-- Jin Young Choi, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Bitter the Chastening Rod provides creative paths to the hackneyed roads that whitestream scholarship has built for Biblical Studies. We are in dire need of imaginative interpretive exercises that challenge how whiteness has pervaded historiography, linguistics, and literary analysis. We also need visionary models to build graduate programs, curriculums, and educational practices attentive to a world facing unprecedented global crises. Bitter the Chastening Rod suggests new paths for such enterprise.

-- Luis Menéndez-Antuña, Boston University School of Theology

This compelling sequel of the seminal Stony the Road we Trod proves the pressing relevance of Africana hermeneutics at this historical moment. These diverse readings offer a review of the work of pioneers; bold, historically grounded, and tragically relevant interpretations of individual texts about incarceration and violence; and important challenges to comfortable readers. No New Testament scholar, seminarian, or Christian should look away from the opportunities to enact justice that this volume presents.

-- Candida Moss, University of Birmingham

Bitter the Chastening Rod: Africana Interpretation After Stony the Road we Trod in the Age of #BLM, #SayHerName, and #MeToo is a greatly anticipated volume that, in the spirit of Sankofa, builds upon, expands, and futures Black post-colonial biblical studies. The aggregation of renown scholars that pen this work offers brilliant insights on the biblical text and prophetic movements against subjugation. This important text engages the longstanding and ongoing work of confronting interlocking forms of oppression in the US and globally, centering the continuing need to illuminate connections between Africana biblical studies and the hermeneutical lenses of current revolutionary struggles. It is a must-read that informs any serious engagement of the theological disciplines and meaningful social action.

-- Maisha I. K. Handy, executive director of the Jacquelyn Grant Center for Black Women’s Justice and associate professor of religion and education, Interdenominational Theological Center

The pioneers of Black biblical scholarship have proudly passed the torch to an equally agile cohort of “troublers” who ably take up the call to challenge the still prevailing hermeneutic of whiteness. For me, a white scholar, BCR is the companion piece I’ve been waiting for. I owe these contributors not only a great debt of gratitude for such an essential resource but also my undivided attention and resolve as I trod my own hermeneutical trek.

-- William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary

This powerful and provocative collection is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in African American biblical interpretation. Bringing together activism and pedagogy, these essays from established and emergent scholars show how reading with black experiences can lead to invaluable insights about biblical texts of the past and sociopolitical struggles of the present—as they simultaneously offer cogent challenges to claims of racial neutrality in one’s reading of the Bible.

-- Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross

In commemorating the 30th anniversary of the publication of Stony the Road We Trod (1991) edited by the late Cain Hope Felder, the highly-competent team of African American scholars who contributed to STR did not disappoint. I am reasonably confident that Bitter the Chastening Rod will itself, like STR, stand tall among the canon of Africana biblical scholarship for some time to come.

-- Gosnell L. Yorke, former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas/Society for New Testament Studies/ANTS

This wide-ranging and interdisciplinary collection reflects just how much Africana and womanist biblical scholarship have bloomed in the wake of Stony the Road We Trod. The contributors push past the hermeneutics of whiteness and respectability in creative and often daring directions, with righteous rage, resistance, and perseverance in the face of recurrent violence against Black and Brown bodies. The paths are still rocky in so many ways, but these scholars present more resources for navigating these bitter truths than ever before.

-- Joseph Marchal, Ball State University --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09XKVY27R
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fortress Academic (February 28, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 28, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1005 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1978712006
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Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Edwards (PhD, Catholic University of America; MA, Catholic University of America; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; BS, Cornell University) is currently Associate Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). Dennis has over thirty years of urban pastoral ministry experience, having been a church planter and pastor in Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; and Minneapolis, MN.

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