Jesus and the Disinherited (Hardcover)

Jesus and the Disinherited By Howard Thurman, Dr. Kelly Douglas, Rev. (Foreword by) Cover Image

Jesus and the Disinherited (Hardcover)

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“No other publication in the twentieth century has upended antiquated theological notions, truncated political ideas, and socially constructed racial fallacies like Jesus and the Disinherited. Thurman’s work keeps showing up on the desk of anti-apartheid activists, South American human rights workers, civil rights champions, and now Black Lives Matter advocates.” –Rev. Otis Moss III, author of Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World and senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ

A commemorative edition of the work that inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and helped shape the civil rights movement


In this beautiful gift edition of the classic theological treatise, complete with a place-marker ribbon and silver gilded edges, celebrated theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1899–1981) revolutionizes the way we read the gospel. Thurman lifts Jesus up as a partner in the pain of the oppressed and reveals the gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. In this view, the example of Jesus’s life shows us that hatred does not empower—it decays. Only by recognizing fear, deception, contempt, and love of one another can God’s justice prevail.

With a new foreword by acclaimed womanist theologian Kelly Brown Douglas, this edition of Jesus and the Disinherited is a timeless testimony of faith that demonstrates how to thrive and flourish in a world that attempts to destroy one’s humanity from the inside out. Having witnessed firsthand the depths of white supremacy and the heights of human civility, Thurman reiterates the inherent dignity of all of God’s children.
Howard Thurman (1899–1981) was hailed by Life magazine as one of the great preachers of the twentieth century. He was a nationally recognized theologian, distinguished religious leader, and prolific author whose radical nonviolent philosophy played a pivotal role in shaping the civil rights movement. As the first black dean of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, he became a spiritual adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. He wrote over 20 published books, such as Meditations of the Heart, With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman, and Disciplines of the Spirit.

Kelly Brown Douglas is an African American Episcopal priest, a womanist theologian, and the inaugural dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. She is also the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral. She is the recipient of the Anna Julia Haywood Cooper Award, given by the Union of Black Episcopalians, in honor of her leadership and development in womanist theology in African American Christian faith. She is the author of The Black Christ, Sexuality and the Black Church, What’s Faith Got to Do with It: Black Bodies/Christian Souls, Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant, and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.
Product Details ISBN: 9780807024034
ISBN-10: 0807024031
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Pages: 136
Language: English
“No other publication in the twentieth century has upended antiquated theological notions, truncated political ideas, and socially constructed racial fallacies like Jesus and the Disinherited. Thurman’s work keeps showing up on the desk of anti-apartheid activists, South American human rights workers, civil rights champions, and now Black Lives Matter advocates.”
—Rev. Otis Moss III, author of Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World and senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

“Howard Thurman was one of the great moral clarions of his time and Jesus and the Disinherited, his most indispensable work. Here is an uncompromising vision of Christian ethics and the meaning of Jesus’s life to the least, the last, and the lost. Thurman’s prophetic witness and piercing intellect are as relevant to our current hour of tumult as they were in 1949, when he first put these incisive thoughts to paper.”
—Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

Jesus and the Disinherited represents nothing less than those conversations Black parents must have with their children in a world that denies the created sacredness of their Black humanity.”
—Kelly Brown Douglas, from the 2022 Foreword