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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes
- Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
- Written by: Brandon J. O'Brien, E. Randolph Richards
- Narrated by: Allan Robertson
- Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
Drawing on their own cross cultural 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.
- By colin on 2019-08-17
Definitely written from a certain biased perspective, which they flat out acknowledged from the introduction. Nonetheless a very helpful book with helpful insights. They clarify repeatedly that this isn’t a thesis on the “correct” way to read the bible, but more of a discussion on how our culture can shape our reading, and how we can be more cognizant of that.
For example Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Is this a promise to give us happy lives and great careers as long as we remain faithful - as so many western evangelicals have hinted at or outright said - or a promise made to the nation of Israel during the time of its exile, fulfilled 70 years and many personal deaths after it was made?
Great book especially for anyone considering overseas mission work.