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

Product Code: 8932
ISBN: 9780807024034
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 136
Published Date: 10/11/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $22.95

The December 2022 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

In this beautiful gift edition of the classic theological treatise, complete with a ribbon placemarker and silver gilded edges, celebrated theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900–1981) revolutionizes the way we read the gospel. Thurman lifts Jesus up as a partner in the pain of the oppressed, and the gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. In this view, the example of His 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.

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Foreword to the 2022 Edition
Foreword to the 1996 Edition

Jesus - An Interpretation






“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

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