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📒Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes ✍ E. Randolph Richards
📝Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes Book Synopsis : 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.
📒Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes ✍ BRANDON J.. RICHARDS O'BRIEN (E.RANDOLPH.)
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📒Paul Behaving Badly ✍ E. Randolph Richards
📝Paul Behaving Badly Book Synopsis : The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? 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. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours. Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this "worst of sinners" dares to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."
📒A Little Book For New Bible Scholars ✍ Ernest Randolph Richards
📝A Little Book for New Bible Scholars Book Synopsis : Many young Bible scholars are passionate for the Scriptures. But is passion enough?A Little Book for New Bible Scholars
📒Rediscovering Jesus ✍ David B. Capes
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📒Rediscovering Paul ✍ David B. Capes
📝Rediscovering Paul Book Synopsis : For some of us, the apostle Paul is intimidating, prickly, and unpredictable. But maybe it's time to get to know Paul on his own terms. Drawing on the best of contemporary scholarship, and with language shaped by conversations with today's students, this second edition of Rediscovering Paul gives fresh consideration to Paul s conversion, call, and his ongoing impact on church and culture.
📒Demanding Liberty ✍ Brandon J. O'Brien
📝Demanding Liberty Book Synopsis : Historian Brandon O'Brien unveils the untold story of religious liberty in America. Between theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way--religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, regardless of belief. Backus's theological ideas impacted his era, giving us insights into how people of faith today can navigate political debates and work for the common good.
📒Christianity Through Non Christian Eyes ✍ Paul J. Griffiths
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📝Hours with the Bible Or The Scriptures in the Light of Modern Discovery and Knowledge From creation to Moses Book Synopsis :