The origin and development of the Native Baptists in Jamaica and the influence of their biblical hermeneutic on the 1865 Native Baptist War
Dick, Devon (2008) The origin and development of the Native Baptists in Jamaica and the influence of their biblical hermeneutic on the 1865 Native Baptist War. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study investigates the Native Baptists and the dynamics between their
Biblical hermeneutic and the 1865 Native Baptist War. This work outlines, for
the first time, the origin, structure and development of the Native Baptists. This
study also discerns the main themes of the Native Baptists as equality and justice
and their Biblical hermeneutic as a hermeneutic of liberation. The main thesis is
that the Native Baptists' interpretation of Scriptures and Scripture -related
sources influenced the nature and scope of the 1865 Native Baptist War.
To achieve the goals of this study, this writer relied heavily on archival and
contemporary documents. One of the major features of this study is that, for the
first time, it provides an in-depth analysis of a major original source, which the
first Native Baptists wrote about themselves. Another unique feature is the
meticulous analysis of Paul Bogle's marked hymns, letter and speech and George
William Gordon' s speeches in the House of Assembly.
In order to examine and outline the origin, structure and development of the
Native Baptists, this writer was informed by the social history of religion
approach. And to reflect on their themes and Biblical hermeneutic this writer
attributed the use of the Reader -Response approach to the Native Baptists.
Using these approaches, this writer discovered, contrary to the dominant position
in scholarly writings on Native Baptists, that the Native Baptists were orthodox,
well organized, engaged in marches for justice and desired the liberation of the
oppressed and the oppressors. This work gives a more accurate picture of who
the Native Baptists were and how their interpretation of the Bible and sacred
literature contributed to the way things happened in the 1865 Native Baptist War.
A further study of the Native Baptists needs to determine if there is a co-relationship
between the demise of the Native Baptists' institutional structures
and the seeming retreat of present-day Baptists from political activism.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Baptists -- Jamaica, Jamaica -- History -- Insurrection, 1865, Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- Jamaica|
|Official Date:||March 2008|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Gilmore, John, 1956-|
|Sponsors:||Institute of Jamaica|
|Extent:||x, 444 leaves|
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