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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes

Author : E.Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien
Publisher : IVP Books
ISBN : 9780830837823
Year : 2012
Pages : 237
Sub-Title : Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

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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 Paul exhorts women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty.  But Paul is likely more concerned about economic  modesty- that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes and gold jewelry.  And 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 Randy Richards and Brandon O'Brian 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, Richards and O'Brien 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.

  1. Serving Two Masters: Mores
  2. The Bible in Color: Race and Ethnicity
  3. Just Words? Language
  4. Captain of My Soul: Individualism and Collectivism
  5. Have You No Shame? Honor/Shame and Right/Wrong
  6. Sand Through the Hourglass:  Time
  7. First Things First: Rules and Relationships
  8. Getting Right Wrong: Virtue and Vice
  9. It's All About Me: Finding the Center of God's Will


"Interesting, thoughtful and user-friendly"  - Philip Jenkings,  author of The Next Christendom

An Important book that comes along at a critical moment in global evangelical history." - Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism

"A convincing case that those who trust in the Bible should (for biblical reasons) be more self-conscious about themselves."  - Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame

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