Published By Maryknoll Society's Orbis Books
Maryknoll, New York – December 30, 2011 – The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone and published by Orbis Books has received recognition as one of the leading religion books of 2011.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree examines the connection between the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. The book is the continuation and culmination of more than four decades of work. James H. Cone is Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians in America.
The Huffington Post placed The Cross and the Lynching Tree on its top religious books list for 2011.
Fairfield University of Connecticut also cited the significance of the book. It was recommended by Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D., Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies:
"This heart-wrenching, scholarly work by African-American theologian James Cone explores the symbolic and historic connections between the crucifixion of Jesus and the lynching of blacks in 19th and early 20th century America," stated Dr. Umansky. "This book contains many important insights into the nature of white supremacy, forms of black resistance, and, for Christians, the enduring paradox of a crucified savior."
Founded during 1970, Orbis Books is the book division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the foreign mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church. Orbis Books endeavors to publish works that enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit and challenge the conscience. Orbis seeks to explore the global dimensions of Christian faith and mission, to invite dialogue with diverse cultures and religious traditions, and to serve the cause of reconciliation and peace. For more information, visit www.orbisbooks.com.