Historian of American Religion, Dr. Edward J. Blum helps us read Jesus iconography to better understand the role race and the Christian faith have had in shaping the meaning ascribed to American bodies. Blum co-authored (with Paul Harvey) the acclaimed book, The Color of Christ: The Saga of Race in America (UNC Press, 2012).

Interview by Richard Newton 

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan

Nicholas Baer, “Veil,” The University of Chicago: Theories of Media: Keywords and Glossary, 2007.

Kelly J. Baker, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Race, Religion, and Visual Mysticism, MA Thesis, Florida State University, 2003.

“Black Jesus,” Good Times, Season 1, Episode 2. Directed by  Bob Lahendro and John Rich, Written by Eric Monte and Michael Evans (1874), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8dABPELV40.

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (UNC Press 2012).(Dr. Paul Harvey’s fantastic companion materials on the book American Religious History.)

Anthea Butler, “How Prince Set Fire to my Catholic Girlhood,”Religous Dispatches, April 25, 2016.

Victoria Emily Jones, Art & Theology (Excellent blog on iconography).

_____. The Jesus Question.  (The predecessor to the blog above. Also a great blog on iconography).

*If you have questions about Professor Blum’s book or are interested in teaching ideas related to The Color of Christ, you are invited to email him at eblum -at- mail  -dot- suds -dot- edu.

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