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The Mount of Vision: African American Prophetic Tradition, 1800-1950

Christopher Z. Hobson


Prophetic denunciation, warning, and promise are major themes in African American religion. From the 1780s to the mid-twentieth century, African American ministers and others used biblical prophetic models to confront U.S. slavery and communicate belief in God’s justice. Prophetic thinkers differed on whether the United States could be redeemed through struggle or was so sunk in sin that it must be destroyed or abandoned. A distinct millennial-apocalyptic tradition provided sustaining hope and cross-fertilized other traditions. The reformative traditions and an associated prophetic integration ... More

Keywords: African American prophecy, Alexander Crummell, apocalypse, Daniel, Deuteronomy, emigration, Exodus, Ezekiel, Francis Grimké, Henry Highland Garnet, integrationism, Isaiah, jeremiad, Jeremiah, Maria W. Stewart, millennium, prophetic tradition, providence, Revelation, Reverdy C. Ransom, Richard Allen, saving history, separatism, turning

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Z. Hobson, author
SUNY College at Old Westbury

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