Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon
Among the Bible’s many well-known characters, Samson may seem to be a curious choice for expressing ideas about race in America. Yet, before Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King was identified with Moses, some Americans began to identify Samson with those who challenged racial oppression. From stories of slave rebellions to the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights era and the Black Power movement, invoking the biblical character of Samson became a unique and powerful way for American intellectuals, activists, and artists to voice strategies and opinions about racial inequality in America.
Dr. Nyasha Junior is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University. She holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. An award-winning author and expert on feminist, womanist, and African-American biblical interpretation, she writes for scholarly and general audiences at a variety of media outlets.
Dr. Jeremy Schipper is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University. He holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. A prolific and critically acclaimed author, he has published widely on the use of the Bible in discussions of identity, including ethnicity, gender race, and disability, in ancient and contemporary contexts.
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