Can a Cushite Change His Skin?: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)
Can a Cushite Change His Skin An Examination of Race Ethnicity and Othering in the Hebrew Bible - The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Author:Rodney Steven, Jr. Sadler This book explores the ethnicity of the Cushites in the Hebrew Bible. How did the authors of the Hebrew Bible perceive the Cushites? Sadler demonstrates that the answer to this question provides insights into the way differences that modern scholars would classify as 'racial' were understood in ancient Israel/Judah. By examining explicit biblica... more »l references to Cush and Cushites, a nation and people most modern scholars would deem racially 'black', this book explores the manner by which the authors of the Hebrew Bible represented the Cushite, and determines whether differences in human phenotypes facilitated legitimating ideologies that justified the subjugation of this foreign Other.In order to ground this analysis, this study investigates how contemporary scholars have understood 'race' and 'ethnicity' and proposes working definitions for these contested terms. In this vein, it offers a list of constituent elements of racial thought, which were sought in biblical references to Cush-related terms to determine if they govern the way biblical authors thought about the Cushites. Sadler uses historical critical methodologies in the exegesis of biblical passages containing references to Cush-related terms, often producing new interpretations of these texts.Sadler's study reveals that though there were on occasion constituent elements of racialist thought employed in biblical representations of the Cushites, there does not appear to have been a coherent system of racial thought in the Hebrew Bible. Often esteemed by biblical authors, Cushites were viewed as an ethnic group like most of the nations mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. In fact, this study also reveals that there was considerable contact between Cushites and the people of Judah throughout the biblical period.It concludes by suggesting that biblical scholars need to critically reassess their understanding of Cushites and the role this people played in the history of the Levant.Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.« less
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This is a very deep theology book which required several trips to the dictionary but WELL WORTH the investment of time to learn about Ethiopia in the Bible! It took three months of reading in bits and pieces and four hours to formulate my thoughts and notes about the Biblical Cushites! I would encourage anyone to read it if they are interested in Ethiopia in the Bible... just keep plugging along!