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Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions

Jacob S. Dorman


This book offers new insights into the rise of Black Israelite religions in America, faiths ranging from Judaism to Islam to Rastafarianism, all of which believe that the ancient Hebrew Israelites were Black and that contemporary African Americans are their descendants. The book traces the influence of Israelite practices and philosophies in the Holiness Christianity movement of the 1890s and the emergence of the Pentecostal Movement in 1906. An examination of Black interactions with white Jews during slavery supports the contention that the original impetus for Christian Israelite movements w ... More

Keywords: Black Israelite religions, America, Hebrew Israelites, African Americans, Black Christian Israelite movements, Judaism, Great Migration, Leonard Howell, Rastafarianism, Harlem Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob S. Dorman, author
University of Kansas