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By K. Lampley

ISBN-10: 1137322969

ISBN-13: 9781137322968

In this precise quantity, Lampley analyzes the theology of Nat Turner's violent slave uprising in juxtaposition with outdated testomony perspectives of prophetic violence and Jesus' politics of violence within the New testomony and in attention of the heritage of Christian violence and the violence embedded in conventional Christian theology.

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The Theology of Nat Turner 41 Nat Turner’s Confessions reveal him facing death at the end of a lifelong struggle to understand and fulfill his God-given purpose and destiny. He was resolute and definitive about his motivations for revolt in the confession. From an early age, Turner believed he would serve some great purpose for God. He pursued God throughout his life to find his calling and vocation. He adopted religious discipline and ascetic practices of prayer, meditation, fasting, and withdrawal in search of God’s Kingdom.

Turner’s rebellion foreshadowed the violence of the US Civil War proving that violence and bloodshed was necessary to deliver blacks from slavery in America. Turner’s existential crisis as an oppressed slave, combined with his religious discipline, prayer, withdrawal, meditation, and fasting, and together with a radical theology and revolutionary worldview, fueled his resort to open rebellion. Turner embodied the slave who refuses to be enslaved and rises up against his slave-masters in the name of God.

This white vigilante violence demonstrated the naked violence and context of white power undergirding the institution of slavery. Historical Context What is the historical context of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion? The immediate historical circumstances were in slavery in Southampton County, Virginia, in the early nineteenth century of the antebellum South. Greenberg proposes several alternatives for putting Turner into historical context. One view places Turner within the context of other slave rebellions and acts of resistance in North America.

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