Can the gospel message of the Atonement have a liberative message for black Christians? Is there, indeed, power in the blood of Jesus""? This study of the meaning of the cross in the African American religious experience is both comprehensive and powerful: comprehensive because it explores the meaning of the cross -- symbol of suffering and sacrifice -- from the early beginnings of Christianity through modern times, and powerful because it is written by a black woman who has experienced abuse and the oppression of field-work. This book should be read by all who have ever reflected on the relationship between the suffering of Jesus and that of African Americans. While the author aims at changing many of our theological presuppositions about suffering, she also offers us an alternative theology capable of enhancing the spirituality of all suffering peoples. In this book we encounter a new womanist theologian whose constructive work grows out of a deep commitment to Christian faith and ministry."" -- Peter J. Paris, Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Social Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary JoAnne Terrell's 'Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience' is a major contribution to black and womanist theologies. It is both critical and constructive. A must read for all students and teachers of theology and religion."" -- James H. Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary JoAnne Marie Terrell is Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary.