For more information about the author, visit: http://www.jeremyshorter.net. Best-selling author Jeremy Shorter was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and lived in the inner city. He graduated from high school and later started seeking work in the film industry. While out of school, he started doing research on his true heritage. In the course of his research, he has uncovered startling evidence indicating that his true heritage stems back to the ancient biblical Hebrew Israelites. He later went on to create a website called Israelites Unite, and while researching, he found out about himself and his people. Later on he compiled all the research that he had from his site and decided to publish his second series of The Hidden Treasure That Lies in Plain Sight. Mr. Shorter loves to teach his people who they really are so they can become and shine like that bright light that they are. Read more about his research at www.IsraellitesUnite.com
"They put him to death by hanging him on a tree." Acts 10:39
The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and "black death," the cross symbolizes divine power and "black life" God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.
In a work that spans social history, theology, and cultural studies, Cone explores the message of the spirituals and the power of the blues; the passion and of Emmet Till and the engaged vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.; he invokes the spirits of Billie Holliday and Langston Hughes, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ida B. Well, and the witness of black artists, writers, preachers, and fighters for justice. And he remembers the victims, especially the 5,000 who perished during the lynching period. Through their witness he contemplates the greatest challenge of any Christian theology to explain how life can be made meaningful in the face of death and injustice.