By Matthew V. Johnson
Philemon is the shortest letter within the Pauline assortment, yet——because it has to do with a slave separated from his master——it has performed an inordinate function within the poisonous brew of slavery and racism within the usa. In Onesimus Our Brother, prime African American biblical students tease out the customarily subconscious assumptions approximately faith, race, and tradition that permeate modern interpretation of the recent testomony and of Paul specifically. The editors argue that Philemon is as vital a letter from an African American point of view as Romans or Galatians have confirmed to be in Eurocentric interpretation. The essays amassed right here proceed to bother scholarly waters, interacting with the legacies of Hegel, Freud, Habermas, Ricoeur, and James C. Scott, in addition to the historic event of African American communities.
Contributors comprise the editors and Mitzi J. Smith, Margaret B. Wilkerson, James W. Perkinson, and Allen Dwight Callahan.
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