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That Spirit Is Black

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

To observe the 1960s was to witness an attempt to fundamentally rethink the spiritual terms of black existence, more generally. Black Arts theorists aimed to institutionalize and evangelize on behalf ... More


The God-Absorbing Text: Black Fire on White Fire

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter first examines the lack of metaphysics about language and looks at how the Torah is composed of white fire (the divine substance) and black fire (letters). It looks at the symbolic ... More


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