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Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation

Womanist Sass and Talk Back is a contextual resistance text for readers interested in social (in)justice. Smith raises our consciousness about pressing contemporary social (in)justice issues that impact communities of color and the larger society. Systemic or structural oppression and injustices, police profiling and brutality, oppressive pedagogy, and gendered violence are placed in dialogue with sacred (con)texts. This book provides fresh intersectional readings of sacred (con)texts that are accessible to both scholars and non-scholars. Womanist Sass and Talk Back is for readers interested in critical interpretations of sacred (con)texts (ancient and contemporary) and in propagating the justice and love of God while engaging those (con)texts.

Mitzi J. Smith, M.A. (OSU), M.Div. (HUSD), Ph.D. (Harvard), Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary/Detroit. She is also an ordained minister and preacher. Her interests include, but are not limited to, Luke-Acts, Philemon, Christology, Womanist and African American biblical interpretation. Dr. Smith’s latest three books are: Womanist Sass and Talk Back, I Found God in Me and Insights from African American Interpretation. Her website is

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