Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the BibleE. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O'BrienInterVarsity Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$12.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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NwBerean3 Stars Out Of 5Your view vs the WorldJuly 27, 2020NwBereanQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I am currently reading this so my opinion may change once finished. So far (about 1/3 in), I've found nothing ground shaking. It basically has been an expansion of "mission" notes from 2 young men who have discovered their understandings are different than those in the nations who hosted them. This may be of more benefit for those who have not traveled or read extensively outside a narrow paradigm of life. Though I will recommend this, it will be with caveats - older, widely read or seasoned travelers=no; for young people up to or just beyond undergrad college=yes.
SunnieDazie5 Stars Out Of 5misreading scripture with western eyesMay 27, 2018SunnieDazieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0valuable perspectives for improving understanding of context, vital to appreciation and appropriate application of life leasons taught in Scripture...throughly enjoyed it!
TamaraUSAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the BibleOctober 3, 2015TamaraUSAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent read! I did not agree with the authors 100% of the time. Sometimes I perceived their analysis to have gone too far and sometimes not far enough in identifying our cultural 21st century western biases. However, whether I agreed or disagreed, the book was thought provoking and well worth the time I spent reading it. My first introduction to how much our Western modern culture impacts the lens through which we read an ancient Middle Eastern text was over 20 years ago in the book "Light Through an Eastern Window" by K. C. Pillai. (Also a recommended read) This book inspired me to take a fresh look at my own cultural biases and how they impact my Bible interpretations.
mfmb5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting conceptsAugust 19, 2015mfmbQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book was recommended by a university professor and I found it to be insightful and thought provoking.
juflmoAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Misreading Scripture, hits the markNovember 9, 2013juflmoAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Am pleased that evangelical scholars are taking a serious look at the context of our readings, within historical/cultural definitions. The Lord Jesus provided a similar kind of redirect to the people of His day by looking past the pharisaic customs, designed to aid in spiritual compliance, and pointed them to the principals which they'd represented. This book is neither exhaustive, nor complete, but it provides a template, with good questions for the reader as he or she continues his/her reading of scripture. This a good place to start. I have this in a digital version also, and would love to see it completed text by text with historical and cultural background notes for the complete Bible, and linked to electronic Bible resources, so that they match/synchronize as we read. Yes, this is a beautiful beginning. It's time we Christians get off our pious laurels, and dig deeper for the principals behind this beautiful (and divinely inspired) historical collection of books, letters, and predictive revelations that we call the Bible. Careful reading does NOT undermine the authority of scripture. On the contrary, it validates it.