This course aims to provide students with a rigorous assessment of the uses of the Bible and other scriptures to construe meanings about race in America; this history has most frequently involved reading modern race identities into biblical narratives and interpreting American experience as the fulfillment of biblical promise. This course will prepare students to understand American theologies of chosenness and divine destiny, racial appropriations of biblical narrative, and the cultural history of attempts to locate racial origins using biblical traditions. Students will examine the myriad ways racing the Bible and biblicizing race have been integral to histories of power in America.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Public College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Graduate Course Class Type
2006 Date Published
Religious Studies, American Studies Discipline
Catholic, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Protestant Religous Tradition
Class/Power, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy Topics