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23 Aug 2013
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In 1831, Nat Turner launched a violent slave insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia. In his confession, Turner recounted a spiritual world of revelation, visions, scripture, and signs which led him to revolt against slavery. This book explores the theological principles which created the rebellion in conversation with Old Testament views of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence in the New Testament, proposing that Turner's uniquely Christian violence of the oppressed was also prophetic violence that conformed to the values of freedom, justice, liberation, and equality associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven.


Description

In 1831, Nat Turner launched a violent slave insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia. In his confession, Turner recounted a spiritual world of revelation, visions, scripture, and signs which led him to revolt against slavery. This book explores the theological principles which created the rebellion in conversation with Old Testament views of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence in the New Testament, proposing that Turner's uniquely Christian violence of the oppressed was also prophetic violence that conformed to the values of freedom, justice, liberation, and equality associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven.


Reviews

"Karl Lampley has produced the first theological interpretation of Nat Turner's slave rebellion in Virginia. In this impressive investigation, he affirms the Christian dimensions of the revolt while at the same time condemning the inhumane aspects of the violence. He uses this pioneering theological and critical investigation of Turner to raise some larger issues around Christianity, violence, and community. Lampley draws on primary and secondary sources, and engages the Old and New Testaments, as well as different models of theology within the Christian tradition. This book sets the standard." - Dwight N. Hopkins, Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology


Contents

Introduction
1. A Portrait of Nat Turner
2. The Theology of Nat Turner
3. Prophetic Violence and the Old Testament
4. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Violence
Conclusion


Authors

Karl Lampley is a theologian and graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, USA.