• Ben Ammi’s Adaptation of Veganism in the Theology of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

    Author(s):
    Michael Miller (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Religious Studies, Theology
    Subject(s):
    African Americans--Study and teaching, Religion, Judaism, Food--Study and teaching
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Black diaspora, African American studies, Food studies
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/h0gd-kp75
    Abstract:
    This article will look at the ideology of veganism in the AHIJ. Since the early 1970s their diet has been a core part of their ideology and of their message to the world. Acknowledging that a black/Jewish meat-free diet is far from the exclusive property of the group, let alone a new development on their part, I will argue that it is an expression of the syncretic “bricoleur” nature of Black Israelite thought (Dorman 2013), reflecting, drawing on, and transforming traditions existing in both African American and Jewish thought in and before the twentieth century – principally articulated as a concern for health in the former and a messianic return to the peaceful Edenic existence in the latter. However, Ben Ammi skillfully intertwines it into their theology by arguing that a return to the veganism of the Garden of Eden is part of the community’s redemption of humanity from primordial sin and ultimate overcoming of the curse of death. The article will show that Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam has been a fundamental influence on Ben Ammi's thought, as well as sharing the rabbinic interpretation of key biblical passages.
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    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
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