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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes Book
Author : E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2012-07-31
ISBN : 9780830863471
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. Identifying nine areas where commonplaces of modern Western thought diverge with the text, the authors ask us to reconsider long-held opinions about our most beloved book.

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes Book
Author : E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
Publisher : IVP Books
Release : 2012-11-04
ISBN : 9780830837823
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes Book
Author : E. Randolph Richards,Richard James
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2020-10-13
ISBN : 0830843795
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Bible was written within collectivist cultures, and it's easy for Westerners to misinterpret—or miss—important elements. Combining the expertise of a biblical scholar and a missionary practitioner, this essential guidebook explores the deep social structures of the ancient Mediterranean, stripping away individualist assumptions and helping us read the Bible better.

Paul Behaving Badly

Paul Behaving Badly Book
Author : E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2016-11-01
ISBN : 0830873325
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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, revealing a vision of Christian faith that was deeply disturbing to others in his day and remains so in ours.

Paul and First Century Letter Writing

Paul and First Century Letter Writing Book
Author : E. Randolph Richards
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2004-10-22
ISBN : 9780830827886
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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.

Rediscovering Paul

Rediscovering Paul Book
Author : David B. Capes,Rodney Reeves,E. Randolph Richards
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Release : 2011-09-28
ISBN : 0830839410
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

David Capes, Rodney Reeves and E. Randolph Richards attempt to transform students' vague appreciation of Paul by confronting them with the man who was the talk of the marketplace from Ephesus to Athens. Informed by contemporary scholarship and refined in the classroom, this textbook promises to renew investment in the work of Paul. Now in paper.

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times Book
Author : Mark L. Strauss
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2011-08-01
ISBN : 1441232184
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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.

Word Filled Women s Ministry

Word Filled Women s Ministry Book
Author : Gloria Furman,Kathleen Nielson
Publisher : Crossway
Release : 2015-07-15
ISBN : 1433545268
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

A Practical Guide to Bible-Centered Ministry Among Women The Bible is clear that women as well as men are created in God's image and intended to serve him with their lives. But what does this look like for women in the church? Helping church leaders think through what a Bible-centered women’s ministry looks like, this collection of essays by respected Bible teachers and authors such as Gloria Furman, Nancy Guthrie, and Susan Hunt addresses a variety of topics relevant to women. Whether exploring the importance of intergenerational relationships, the Bible’s teaching on sexuality, or women’s roles in the church and the home, this book of wise teaching and practical instruction will become a must-have resource for anyone interested in bolstering the health and vitality of the local church.

The Blue Parakeet 2nd Edition

The Blue Parakeet  2nd Edition Book
Author : Scot McKnight
Publisher : Zondervan
Release : 2018-06-05
ISBN : 0310538939
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot McKnight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it. McKnight's The Blue Parakeet calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew to our heart. McKnight challenges us to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic belief but to see it as a Story that we're summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day.