Debate on the role of Africans in the Bible is often marked by extremes.
According to the newly released African American Jubilee Edition of the Bible, many assume wrongly that all of the characters in Scripture are Caucasians. At the other extreme, it says, is the view by some scholars that almost every significant person in the Bible is of African descent.
Released by the American Bible Society, the edition includes a detailed look at Africans in the Bible, part of a broad array of issues studied in more than 300 pages of supplementary material. The volume examines the history of the black church, African-American spirituality, African culture and slavery in the Bible.
"The point was to try to help increase understanding, both within the African-American community and beyond, of the African-American spiritual legacy," said Roy Lloyd, spokesman for the Bible society.
The authors say research has shown a number of figures in the Bible were African.
The African American Jubilee Edition is available in the King James Version, Contemporary English Version and the Good News Bible Edition for Catholics. For information, call 800-32-BIBLE.
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