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J. Kameron Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152791.001.0001

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 The Spirit of Christ

 The Spirit of Christ

A Theological Reading of the Writings of Jarena Lee

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(p.313) 8 The Spirit of Christ
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Race
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J. Kameron Carter (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152791.003.0014

This chapter looks to Jarena Lee's autobiographical narratives as a correction and supplement to Hammon's and Douglass's efforts to give voice to an Afro‐Christian consciousness articulating itself with and against modernity. The chapter explores how her writings reshape the modern self at the crossroads of race and gender—by bearing more deeply into Christology. Lee's theological insight is that identity is reconstituted by occupying the covenantal and thus nonracial history of the Jewish people. Moreover, this takes place not simply as one enters into Christ's Jewish flesh, but as one enters it at the theological site of Pentecost and thus through the Spirit of Christ. In this way, the racial imagination (and the gender protocols by which it operates) are overcome. Pentecost, therefore, is the capstone of a nonsupersessionistic Christological vision, one that overturns the racial foundations of modernity and the theological problem of whiteness.

Keywords:   Jarena Lee, gender, Christology, Pentecost, Spirit of Christ, whiteness, Jewish, identity, racial imagination, the modern self

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