This title offers an examination of Frederick Douglass' use of the epistle of James to support his nineteenth-century abolitionist speeches,In 2001, Continuum published the extensive collected papers from 'African Americans and the Bible', an interdisciplinary conference held at Union Theological Seminary, NYC. In the collection's introduction, Vincent L. Wimbush issued a challenge to take seriously those who "read darkness," and to consider what it is they are doing when they read the Bible as "scripture." Wimbush's focus on "darkness readers," both within and outside of the African diaspora, breaks open the discourse around the nature, meaning, and importance of the Bible. By following the lead of "darkness readers," the Bible is revealed to be more than a collection of ancient documents from an inaccessible past; it is the site upon which modern, contemporary ideological battles have and continue to be waged.In this book Margaret Aymer takes up his challenge.It is an examination of the way in which Frederick Douglass, the nineteenth-century abolitionist, used the epistle of James, particularly Jas 3:17, in his abolitionist speeches, to "read" the "darkness" of slavery and slaveholding Christianity. Douglass reads the epistle of James because contained within James is a rhetoric of the world as "darkness" which he uses to read his contemporary "darkness." As part of her research, Aymer has created an index of biblical references in all of Frederick Douglass' abolitionist speeches as collected by J. W. Blassingame (1841-1860).Formerly the "Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement", a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. "The Early Christianity in Context" series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context.European Seminar on Christian Origins and Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement are also part of JSNTS.
First Pure, Then Peaceable by Margaret Aymer was published by Continuum in March 2008 and is our 66234th best seller. The ISBN for First Pure, Then Peaceable is 9780567033079.