By E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O'Brien

Bookwi.se's favourite Books of the yr, Non-Fiction What was once transparent to the unique readers of Scripture isn't really consistently transparent to us. as a result of cultural distance among the biblical international and our modern atmosphere, we frequently carry sleek Western biases to the textual content. for instance:

  • When Western readers pay attention Paul exhorting girls to "dress modestly," we immediately imagine by way of sexual modesty. yet most girls in that tradition might by no means put on racy garments. The context means that Paul is probably going extra involved in economic modesty--that Christian girls now not flaunt their wealth via pricey outfits, braided hair and gold jewelry.
  • Some readers may well imagine that Moses married "below himself" simply because his spouse used to be a dark-skinned Cushite. really, Hebrews have been the slave race, no longer the Cushites, who have been hugely revered. Aaron and Miriam most likely notion Moses used to be being presumptuous through marrying "above himself."
  • Western individualism leads us to imagine that Mary and Joseph traveled on my own to Bethlehem. What went with out asserting used to be that they have been most likely followed by means of a wide entourage of prolonged family.

Biblical students Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards make clear the ways in which Western readers frequently misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They establish 9 key parts the place glossy Westerners have considerably assorted assumptions approximately what should be occurring in a textual content. Drawing all alone crosscultural event in worldwide venture, O'Brien and Richards exhibit how higher self-awareness and realizing of cultural variations in language, time and social mores let us see the Bible in clean and unforeseen methods. Getting past our personal cultural assumptions is more and more very important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized international. discover ways to learn Scripture as a member of the worldwide physique of Christ.

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