Uncovering Black Presence in the Bible — Onleilove Alston, USA

Inspiration and challenge for churches to uncover the Black Presence in the Bible, especially during Black History Month and Lent:

  • If you use Biblical images, make sure they are historically accurate.
  • Utilize the African Heritage Study Bible, edited by Dr. Cain Hope Felder of Howard Divinity School, which includes essays and maps to aid your Bible study. Each passage of Scripture related to Africa is highlighted.

Reading List:

  • How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity (InterVarsity Press) by Thomas C. Oden, who dedicated his life to uncovering of the buried treasure of African Christianity.
  • Africa’s Roots in God by Rev. Dr. Sed Yankson, Pastor of East New York SDA Church & Akan Royalty.
  • The Black Presence in the Bible: Discovering the Black and African Identity of Biblical Persons and Nations by Dr. Walter A. McCray, President of The National Black Evangelical Association.

Onleilove Alston is the Executive Director of PICO Faith in NY, a board member and contributing writer for Sojourners, and founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny, an organization dedicated to uncovering the Black presence in the Bible via workshops, lectures, Bible study and devotional material.  This was originally written for article in Sojourners Magazine.

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