This first part of the curriculum on the “African Bible” will focus on the lands that constitute the scope of the Old and New Testaments: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Specifically, it will concentrate on how geography shaped the Northeastern African world in which Jesus (Jeshua) appeared.
The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Version with The Apocrypha
Beginning with African roots and attention to historical and cultural factors, this course introduces students to essential themes in the history of African-American religious experience (i.e., slavery, emancipation, urbanization, the black freedom struggle, consumer culture, class, race, politics, etc.), as the lens through which to examine the emergence of the black church.
The black church should not be understood as referring to a single institution or a monolithic set of religious experiences, practices, or faith systems. Instead, this language describes a broad set of religious and theological perspectives, each possessing the common, unifying thread emerging from the religious, cultural, and social experiences of black people. With its roots on the continent of Africa and in the Middle Passage, the black church is the institution providing structure and meaning for African people and their descendants in the Americas who struggled to survive the ravages and brutality of slavery and racial oppression.
This course will examine the black church looking at the external forces which give shape and substance to the work of the black church. This will include a focus on the theology underlying black religious experience.
Bailey, Julius H., ed. Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American Religious History. Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, 2016. (Available for purchase and online)
How do we know that Black lives matter? Students will examine Psalm 139:13-14 NRSV to get a deeper understanding of what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made. Topics of racism and social justice will be explored.
This course will move along with the movie The Prince of Egypt. Exploring the life of Moses, children will be introduced to the concepts of the role of Each class is interactive and includes arts and crafts.