MISREADING SCRIPTURE WITH WESTERN EYES REMOVING CULTURAL BLINDERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes

Author : E. Randolph Richards
ISBN : 0830863478
Genre : Religion
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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.
Category: Religion

Die Bibel F R Dummies

Author : Jeffrey Geoghegan
ISBN : 9783527692385
Genre : Religion
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Die Bibel verstehen, von Alpha bis Omega Worum geht es in der Bibel? Wer hat das Buch der Bücher geschrieben? Und stimmt das, was darin steht? Warum ist das Alte Testament so schwer verständlich? Wie unterscheiden sich die jüdische und die christliche Bibel? Wie sehen andere Religionen die Heilige Schrift der Christen? Antworten auf all diese und viele andere Fragen finden Sie in diesem leicht verständlichen Buch. Jeffrey Geoghegan und Michael Homan nehmen Sie mit auf die spannende Reise in das Alte und Neue Testament, ergründen deren Einfluss auf Kunst und Kultur und lassen so die Heilige Schrift lebendig werden.
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Theology In The Flesh

Author : John Sanders
ISBN : 9781506408439
Genre : Religion
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Metaphors and other mental tools are used to reason (not just speak) about God, salvation, truth, and morality. Figurative language structures our theological and moral reasoning in powerful ways. This book uses an approach known as cognitive linguistics to explore the incredibly rich ways our conceptual tools, derived from embodied life and culture, shape the way we understand Christian teachings and practices. The cognitive revolution has generated amazing insights into how human minds make sense of the world. This book applies these insights to the ways Christians think about topics such as God, justice, sin, and salvation. It shows that Christians often share a set of very general ideas but disagree on what the Bible means or the moral stances we should take. It explains why Christians often develop a number of appropriate but sometimes incompatible ways to understand the Bible and various doctrines. It assists Christians in understanding those with whom they disagree. Hopefully, simply better understanding how and why people think the way they do will foster better dialogue and greater humility.
Category: Religion

Beyond An Angry God

Author : Steve McVey
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How would your life change if you really believed and could even feel that God is absolutely crazy about you? Steve McVey’s penetrating new look at the transforming power of God’s grace leads you to that change. Steve unpacks the biblical revelation of the Trinity as a loving relationship, and he highlights the goal of history: God intends to include us in that circle of love! Steve answers troubling questions that can keep you from fully sensing God’s love, acceptance, and forgiveness, such as… Why does God look like a bad cop in the Old Testament and a good cop in the New Testament? At Calvary, was the Father angry at the Son? Is He ever angry with me? Why do I sometimes feel separated from God, abandoned, guilty, and ashamed? Theologians have described the Trinity as perichoresis—a dance. Are you ready to be swept into the Father’s embrace?
Category: Religion