Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa

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Oxford University Press, 7. sept 1995 - 448 pages
This is a study of the transplantation of a creed devised by and for African Americans--the African Methodist Episcopal Church--that was appropriated and transformed in a variety of South African contexts. Focusing on a transatlantic institution like the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the book studies the complex human and intellectual traffic that has bound African American and South African experience. It explores the development and growth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church both in South Africa and America, and the interaction between the two churches. This is a highly innovative work of comparative and religious history. Its linking of the United States and African black religious experiences is unique and makes it appealing to readers interested in religious history and black experience in both the United States and South Africa.

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Contents

BOOK ONE
1
BOOK TWO
101
BOOK THREE
213
Epilogue
328
Notes
337
Index
397
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Page vii - Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart : Be strong, fear not : behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense ; he will come and save you.
Page vii - Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Page vii - The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Shar'on, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
Page 101 - And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them : remember the Lord which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Page 1 - And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven : and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Page 213 - O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Page 77 - My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the...
Page 101 - But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, and conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Page 1 - And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not." And he was afraid, and said, "How dreadful is this place.! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Page 13 - His marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the People of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

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