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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830863471
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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Bookwi.se's Favorite Books of the Year, Non-Fiction What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example: When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty—that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry. Some readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying "above himself." Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family. Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own crosscultural experience in global mission, O'Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways. Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • ISBN: 9780830837823
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example: When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty--that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry. Some readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying "above himself." Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family. Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own crosscultural experience in global mission, O'Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways. Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.

Paul Behaving Badly

Paul Behaving Badly

Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830873325
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: N.A
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The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours. Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this "worst of sinners" dares to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."

Paul and First-Century Letter Writing

Paul and First-Century Letter Writing

Secretaries, Composition and Collection

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830827886
  • Category: History
  • Page: 252
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Informed by the historical evidence and with a sharp eye for telltale clues in the Apostle Paul's letters, E. Randolph Richards takes us into his world and places us on the scene with Paul the letter writer offering a glimpse that overthrows our preconceptions and offers a new perspective on how this important portion of Christian Scripture came to be.

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

Understanding and Applying God's Word Today

  • Author: Mark L. Strauss
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441232184
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 282
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Many find it difficult to take words that were written thousands of years ago and apply them to twenty-first-century life in the Western world. How do we read God's unchanging Word in a world that is increasingly defined by change? How to Read the Bible in Changing Times shows everyday Christians how to interpret and apply the Scriptures regardless of time and culture. Rather than seeing the Bible as a magic answer book, a list of commands to obey, or a series of promises to claim, this insightful book allows the Bible to retain its identity as a complex, inspired document while showing that the truth it contains is relevant and life-changing. It shows the reader how to determine the meaning of the text in its original context identify culturally relative features understand what the text teaches about God, his will, and his purposes apply the truths discovered to contemporary life situations It even shows readers how to discern God's will on the many modern issues that the Bible does not directly address.

Abusing Scripture

Abusing Scripture

The Consequences of Misreading the Bible

  • Author: Manfred Brauch
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830877894
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: N.A
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Virtually all Christians recognize the centrality of the Bible to their faith. Yet many Christians misquote and misapply Scripture regularly. Often those who are most passionate about the authority of the Bible are at the greatest loss when it comes to understanding its message clearly and applying it faithfully. Professor Manfred Brauch believes this kind of mistaken interpretation and application of Scripture is a detriment to the integrity of our Christian witness and contributes to profound misunderstandings in Christian belief and practice. In this practical book written with the non-specialist in mind, Manfred Brauch identifies and corrects a number of basic errors that interpret and apply biblical texts in ways that distort their meaning and message. Chapters explore issues of context, genre, consistency, author intent and other important considerations, addressing not just the act of interpretation, but also the attitudes behind the ways we choose to apply Scripture. Whether you lead a Bible study or small group, are a pastor or Sunday school teacher, are engaged in biblical study at a college or seminary, or are just an everyday Christian who wants to understand how to interpret God's Word well and recognize good interpretation (or the lack therof) when you encounter it, this important book will be an invaluable guide.

What Christians Believe about the Bible

What Christians Believe about the Bible

A Concise Guide for Students

  • Author: Don Thorsen,Keith H. Reeves
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441238735
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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Christians talk frequently about the Bible, yet they do not always have an informed and wide-ranging understanding of varied Christian views about its nature. Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves combine their biblical and theological knowledge to create such a unique introduction to the Bible. This book not only provides an introduction to the interpretation of the Bible but also to the history and theological understanding behind it, equipping students to think critically about their own tradition's approach to Scripture. It is perfect as a supplemental textbook in both introductory biblical studies and theology courses, but it will also be of interest to adult education classes.

Out of Context

Out of Context

How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible

  • Author: Richard Schultz
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441238883
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 160
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Although 92% of American households own at least one Bible, their use of the Bible varies significantly. Only 59% of Americans read the Bible at least occasionally, and an even smaller percentage go beyond merely reading the Bible and actually study it. It is no wonder that even those who say they read the Scriptures often don't understand them. Veteran Bible professor Richard L. Schultz believes the misinterpretation and misapplication of biblical texts amounts to a crisis of "interpretive malpractice." In Out of Context he seeks to explain how biblical interpretation goes wrong and how to get it right. He introduces readers to the important concepts of context, word meaning, genre, and the differences between the world of the Bible and our own. Readers who delve into the fascinating world of biblical interpretation found in this book will find their Scripture reading enhanced and be enlightened by Schultz's powerful and ultimately positive message.

The Bible Made Impossible

The Bible Made Impossible

Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture

  • Author: Christian Smith
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441241515
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 254
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Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate. The paperback edition adds a new chapter responding to the conversation that the cloth edition has sparked.

Rediscovering Jesus

Rediscovering Jesus

An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ

  • Author: David B. Capes,Rodney Reeves,E. Randolph Richards
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830824723
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
  • View: 2793
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Small Church, Big Impact (Ebook Shorts)

Small Church, Big Impact (Ebook Shorts)

  • Author: Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 144127071X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 55
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By gathering stories about effective churches from small-church pastors, Brandon O'Brien demonstrates that a church's success is not contingent on its size. This is a selection from Brandon O'Brien's book, The Strategically Small Church.

Saving the Bible from Ourselves

Saving the Bible from Ourselves

Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well

  • Author: Glenn R. Paauw
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830851240
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 230
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Does the Bible need to be saved? Over the course of the centuries, Bible scholars and publishers have increasingly added "helps"—chapter divisions, verses, subheads, notes—to the Bible in an effort to make it easier to study and understand. In the process, however, these have led to sampling Scripture rather than reading deeply. According to author Glenn R. Paauw, the text has become divorced from the Bible's literary and historical context, leading to misinterpretation and a "narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation." Rather than being a culture-shaping force, the Bible has become a database of quick and easy answers to life's troubling questions. But these deficiencies can be corrected by engaging in what the author calls "big readings." In these pages Paauw introduces us to seven new (to us) understandings of the Bible as steps on the path to recovering one deeply engaged Bible. With each "new" Bible presented, deficiencies in how we currently interact with the Bible are explored, followed by recommendations for a new practice. The Bible's transformative power is recovered when we remove the chains Christians have applied to it over the centuries. The Bible does not need to be saved because of any defect in itself, but because we have distorted and misread it. Saving the Bible from Ourselves provides students of the Bible a new paradigm for reading and living the Bible well.

Through Western Eyes

Through Western Eyes

Eastern Orthodoxy : a Reformed Perspective

  • Author: Robert Letham
  • Publisher: Mentor
  • ISBN: 9781845502478
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 319
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The culture of the Eastern Church, to many, is alien. Yet there are recognizable family resemblances. This book aims to start to get to know one another again from a Reformed Protestant perspective.

A Little Book for New Bible Scholars

A Little Book for New Bible Scholars

  • Author: Ernest Randolph Richards,Joseph R. Dodson
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830883053
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: N.A
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Many young Bible scholars are passionate for the Scriptures. But is passion enough?A Little Book for New Bible Scholars

Demanding Liberty

Demanding Liberty

An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom

  • Author: Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • ISBN: 9780830845286
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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Historian Brandon O'Brien unveils the untold story of religious liberty in America. Between theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way--religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, regardless of belief. Backus's theological ideas impacted his era, giving us insights into how people of faith today can navigate political debates and work for the common good.

Strange Scriptures That Perplex the Western Mind

Strange Scriptures That Perplex the Western Mind

  • Author: Barbara M. Bowen
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780802815118
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 121
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With fascinating insights into biblical customs and conditions--many of which exist today in the Middle East--Bowen clarifies over 100 scriptural texts and phrases that often puzzle Western readers unfamiliar with the culture of Bible times.

Multiply

Multiply

Disciples Making Disciples

  • Author: Francis Chan,Mark Beuving
  • Publisher: David C Cook
  • ISBN: 1434705862
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 336
  • View: 8467
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Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples. Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply. One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

Global Voices

Global Voices

Reading the Bible in the Majority World

  • Author: Craig S. Keener,Edwin Yamauchi,M. Daniel Carroll R
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
  • ISBN: 1619700093
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 126
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Ethnically and nationally diverse scholars familiar with both non-western and Western hermeneutic traditions explore what it means to hear, heed, and appreciate biblical interpretations from the non-Western world in this illuminating collection of writings.

Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity

Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity

Unlocking New Testament Culture

  • Author: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830866124
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 338
  • View: 7981
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Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding. Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel. DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.

Biblical Hermeneutics

Biblical Hermeneutics

Five Views

  • Author: Stanley E. Porter, Jr.,Beth M. Stovell
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830869999
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 226
  • View: 5394
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Five experts in biblical hermeneutics gather here to state and defend their approach to the discipline. Contributors include: Craig Blomberg with the historical-critical/grammatical approach, Richard Gaffin with the redemptive-historical approach, Scott Spencer with the literary/postmodern approach, Robert Wall with the canonical approach and Merold Westphal with the philosophical/theological approach.