Experience and Tradition: A Primer in Black Biblical Hermeneutics

This volume introduces readers to a method of reading and interpreting the Bible in the black church. Stephen Breck Reid focuses on black identity and how Scripture provides the vehicle for investigation of that identity. He also explores the way black religious tradition informs the interpretation of Scripture.

Each chapter demonstrates a different way to deal with the recovery of black biblical tradition. The author draws upon poetry, novels, music, biblical themes, critical awareness, and racial pride to shed new light on Bible-reading in the black church.

Through the use of many specific examples, Experience and Tradition helps readers understand black biblical hermeneutics and its interaction with contemporary black culture.