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At the university, we used to remark, half lightheartedly, that this Jeremiah was trying to live up to his namesake, the seventh-century B.C. prophet. Though Jeremiah of old did not "curse" his people of Israel, Wright, as a biblical scholar, could point out that the prophets Hosea and Micah did. But the Book of Jeremiah, written by numbers of authors, is so full of blasts and quasi curses — what biblical scholars call "imprecatory topoi" — that New England preachers invented a sermonic form called "the jeremiad," a style revived in some Wrightian shouts.
Martin Marty weighs in again on Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ, this time in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Also worth a read: Andrew Patner, WFMT critic-at-large and once Chicago magazine's man on the Harold Washington beat, explains the complicated ties of race, religion, and politics in Hyde Park-Kenwood for the New York Post.
Plus: Moacir explains how and why Barack Obama rewrote William Faulkner's most famous line in his speech on Wright.
And: Hendrik Hertzberg explains why Obama has a feel for the texture of American life.