Jews and Slavery in Antebellum America: What Does the Bible Say? Why Does It Matter?

dc.contributor.authorGreenspoon, Leonard J.
dc.contributor.editorSimkins, Ronald A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2023-04-28T17:55:06Z
dc.date.available2023-04-28T17:55:06Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.description.abstractIn early January 1861, several religious leaders throughout the United States took to their pulpits to consider whether slavery, as practiced in the South, was or was not supported by the Bible. Among this largely Protestant group there were a few rabbis, some of whom found biblical support for slavery, with others condemning it based on biblical teachings. In my presentation, I will summarize and analyze selected antebellum sermons within several contexts: Jewish interpretive/exegetical traditions, other (Christian) sermons delivered on the same topic, American biblical interpretation through the mid-nineteenth century, and the lasting effects and relevance of these sermons up to and including today. I invite readers to reflect on other circumstances in which the (mis)interpretation/application of the Bible has played a role in the consideration and determination of attitudes toward race.
dc.description.volume24en_US
dc.identifier.issn1941-8450en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://cdr.creighton.edu/handle/10504/140353
dc.publisherRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.rightsThe journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.en_US
dc.rights.holderRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.titleJews and Slavery in Antebellum America: What Does the Bible Say? Why Does It Matter?
dc.title.workSupplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Societyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
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