Compared to the chapters assigned previously throughout the year, chapter 49 of Sernett’s “African American Religious History” was definitely one of my favorites. African American religion is often described as just Christian values mixed in with the roots of their native land, but Rabbi Matthew gives the reader a much different insight. I really enjoyed how Rabbi Matthew used biblical and historical context to show the connection between Judaism and early Africans. When asked what an ideal Jewish person would look like, I would imagine a non-black person(like many others would). Matthew gave me a more diverse outlook when he describes the descendants of crucial Hebrew prophets such as Noah, Moses, and Solomon, who were in fact African. Before reading this chapter, I thought that Judaism and African people had very little connection, when in actuality they were key components in the Hebrew faith.
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