By locating her plot in present-day Ethiopia, Hopkins could thus utilize the appeal of an un-colonized Christian (Coptic) kingdom with an ancient history and a distinguished military record and also tap into "Ethiopianism," an ideology which used Psalms 68:31 as its foundational document: "Princes shall come out of Egypt, [and] Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth
her hands to God." The verse was often interpreted to predict a future of glory for Africans and people of African descent and "acquired a combined spiritual and political significance that was repeatedly summed up by African and African American leaders from the 1890s through the 1920s.
In that blessed age all things were in common; to win the daily food no labor was required of any, save to stretch forth
his hand and gather it from the sturdy oaks that stood generously inviting him with their sweet ripe fruit.
Make a quality decision to change your eating habits, knowing that your desires are well within your reach if you are willing to stretch forth
your hands to receive them.
Biblical prophecy promised that day would come: "Hear what the great Architect of the universal world saith: Aethiopia shall stretch forth
her hands unto me" (10).
thy wings and fly', and with that he hurled the bird up.
Framed by an intensely personal prologue-epilogue, A Fire in the Bones consists of nine essays and is divided into three parts: "In Search of the Promised Land: African-American Religion and American Destiny," "Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: The Black Church," and "The Performed Word: Religious Practice." Part One introduces the central themes of the book and sets them in dialogue with the master narrative of America as the Promised Land, as is evident by the chapter titles: "African-Americans, Exodus, and the American Israel";" 'Ethiopia Shall Soon Stretch Forth
Her Hands': Black Destiny in Nineteenth-Century America"; and" 'How Far the Promised Land': Black Religion and Black Protest."
Week after week the Psalms verse "Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth
Her Hands to God" ran in big letters at the top of the Courier's Church section.