by Diana Brement
Exodus and Emancipation: Biblical and African-American Slavery, by Kenneth Chelst (Urim, cloth, $34.95). An interesting and unusual take on a familiar idea from an equally interesting author — a professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Wayne State University and an ordained rabbi. Chelst delves into the story of Biblical slavery — using a variety of sources and commentary — and compares and contrasts it with the historically documented experiences of African American slaves in a way that enriches the reader’s understanding of
both. He explores social, psychological, religious and philosophical dimensions in a dense, but readable tome, and his passion shines through. With illustrations, footnotes and glossary.
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