Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes
Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0830863478
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Release: 2012-07-31
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes
Author: E. Randolph Richards,Richard James
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780830843794
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Release: 2020-10-13
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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
Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780830873326
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Release: 2016-11-01
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Torn to Heal

Torn to Heal
Author: Mike Leake
Pages: 108
ISBN:
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Release: 2013-05-01
Editor: Cruciform Press
Language: en

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Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes

Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes
Author: Jackson W.
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780830873616
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Release: 2019-06-11
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

According to Jackson W., some traditional East Asian cultural values are closer to those of the first-century biblical world than common Western cultural values. In this work Jackson demonstrates how paying attention to East Asian culture provides a helpful lens for interpreting Paul's most complex letter, and we see how honor and shame shape so much of Paul's message and mission.

Multiply

Multiply
Author: Francis Chan,Mark Beuving
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781434705860
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Release: 2012-11-01
Editor: David C Cook
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples. Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply. One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times
Author: Mark L. Strauss
Pages: 282
ISBN: 9781441232182
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Release: 2011-08-01
Editor: Baker Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Can You Be Gay and Christian

Can You Be Gay and Christian
Author: Michael L. Brown
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781621365938
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Release: 2014
Editor: Charisma Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Offers practical guidance for Christians who have gay friends, family members, or who struggle with their own sexuality.

The Seat of the Antichrist

The Seat of the Antichrist
Author: Erika Grey
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9780979019920
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Release: 2010-02-15
Editor: Pedante Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Seat of The Antichrist: Bible Prophecy and The European Union identifies the European Union as the final world empire and explains what Bible Prophecy predicts will occur in the end times.The reader discovers the relationship between Bible Prophecy, the European Union and today's current affairs. The Seat of the Antichrist details the European Union's history and institutional structure and shows how it aligns with Bible Prophecy. Bible Prophecy comprises one third of the Bible. The Bible's last book, The Revelation, predicts the events leading to the end of the world. It provides the details for the Tribulation, which occur during a seven year period of wars, plagues, earthquakes and calamities, which end in the battle of Armageddon. Part of the earth's judgments happen through a leader who rises to power from the final world empire predicted in Bible Prophecy. Evangelical Christians customarily refer to this leader as The Antichrist. The Seat of the Antichrist is the first book dealing with Bible Prophecy, which shows prophecy's relation in the present geopolitical framework and in doing so dismisses end-time conspiracy theories, which Bible Prophecy works often rely on. No book dealing with Bible Prophecy provides such in-depth analysis and extensive research as The Seat of the Antichrist: Bible Prophecy and The European Union, which presents the reader with a gripping, riveting expose.

Paul and First Century Letter Writing

Paul and First Century Letter Writing
Author: E. Randolph Richards
Pages: 252
ISBN: 0830827889
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Release: 2004-10-22
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Handbook of Biblical Social Values Third Edition

Handbook of Biblical Social Values  Third Edition
Author: John J. Pilch,Bruce Malina
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781498289641
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Release: 2016-11-04
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Values are culturally specific. This handbook explains select biblical social values in their Mediterranean cultural contexts. Some examples of values are altruism, freedom, family-centeredness, obedience, parenting, and power. Though the English words for the values described here would be familiar to readers (e.g., altruism) the meanings of such words differ between cultures. In the Mediterranean world, for instance, altruism is a duty incumbent upon anyone who has surplus. It is interpersonal and group specific. In the West, especially in the United States, altruism is impersonal and universally oriented generosity that operates in a highly organized context. This handbook not only presents the Mediterranean meanings of these value words but also contrasts those meanings with Western ones.

Jesus and Judgment

Jesus and Judgment
Author: Marius Reiser
Pages: 398
ISBN: UOM:39015040533898
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Release: 1997
Editor: Augsburg Fortress Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New Testament scholar Marius Reiser demonstrates that the theme of judgment lies close to the heart of Jesus' teachings. Reiser shows that the certainty of the coming of judgment is the presupposition of the ultimate coming of the reign of God.

Crossing Cultures with Jesus

Crossing Cultures with Jesus
Author: Katie J. Rawson
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780830898923
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Release: 2015-11-04
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You can be a missionary by crossing an ocean or by crossing the street. Filled with compelling stories, practical resources and relational tools, this guide from veteran crosscultural minister Katie Rawson shows how we can witness the way Jesus did, entering into people's worlds and drawing them into God-centered community.

Not From Around Here

Not From Around Here
Author: Brandon J O'Brien
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780802496560
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Release: 2019-10-01
Editor: Moody Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tidy categories may suit the media, but people are more complex up close. News outlets, historians, and sociologists can (and do) tell us all about the statistics, but they don’t (and can’t) tell us about what it’s really like in a given place—how the squish of creek water between your toes or the crunch of autumn leaves on a city sidewalk shape your sense of normal and good and right. To understand that—to understand the people in the places—we need stories. We need to listen, get to know the nuance of people, and have empathy for their way of seeing things. Brandon O’Brien is, in many ways, a man torn between places. Raised in the rural South, educated in the suburbs, and now living and doing ministry in Manhattan, he’s seen these places, and their complexity, up close. With the knack of a natural storyteller, he shares what he learned about himself, faith, and the people who make up America on his own journey through it.

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus
Author: Lois Tverberg
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781493412679
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Release: 2018-01-02
Editor: Baker Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter? Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today. Combining careful research with engaging prose, Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other. She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing us to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes. By helping readers grasp the perspective of its original audience, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will enrich their lives and deepen their understanding.

Western Christians in Global Mission

Western Christians in Global Mission
Author: Paul Borthwick
Pages: 224
ISBN: 0830866051
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Release: 2012-11-03
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Missions/Global Affairs) 2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Global Outreach) The world has changed. A century ago, Christianity was still primarily centered in North America and Europe. By the dawn of the twenty-first century, Christianity had become a truly global faith, with Christians in Asia, Africa and Latin America outpacing those in the rest of the world. There are now more Christians in China than in all of Europe, more Pentecostals in Brazil than in the United States, and more Anglicans in Kenya than in Great Britain, Canada and the United States combined. Countries that were once destinations for western missionaries are now sending their own missionaries to North America. Given these changes, some think the day of the Western missionary is over. Some are wary that American mission efforts may perpetuate an imperialistic colonialism. Some say that global outreach is best left to indigenous leaders. Others simply feel that resources should be focused on the home front. Is there an ongoing role for the North American church in global mission? Missions specialist Paul Borthwick brings an urgent report on how the Western church can best continue in global mission. He provides a current analysis of the state of the world and how Majority World leaders perceive North American Christians' place. Borthwick offers concrete advice for how Western Christians can be involved without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship, North Americans can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer God s call to global involvement. In this critical age, the global body of Christ needs one another more than ever. Discover how the Western church can contribute to a new era of mission marked by mutuality, reciprocity and humility.

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes
Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
Pages: 355
ISBN: 0830875859
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Release: 2009-08-20
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Beginning with Jesus' birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels, examining the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus' relationship to women, and especially Jesus' parables. The work dispels the obscurity of Western interpretations with a stark vision of Jesus in his original context.

Saving the Bible from Ourselves

Saving the Bible from Ourselves
Author: Glenn R. Paauw
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9780830851249
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Release: 2016-04-28
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Does the Bible need to be saved? Over the course of the centuries, Bible scholars and publishers have increasingly added "helps"—chapter divisions, verses, subheads, notes—to the Bible in an effort to make it easier to study and understand. In the process, however, these have led to sampling Scripture rather than reading deeply. According to author Glenn R. Paauw, the text has become divorced from the Bible's literary and historical context, leading to misinterpretation and a "narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation." Rather than being a culture-shaping force, the Bible has become a database of quick and easy answers to life's troubling questions. But these deficiencies can be corrected by engaging in what the author calls "big readings." In these pages Paauw introduces us to seven new (to us) understandings of the Bible as steps on the path to recovering one deeply engaged Bible. With each "new" Bible presented, deficiencies in how we currently interact with the Bible are explored, followed by recommendations for a new practice. The Bible's transformative power is recovered when we remove the chains Christians have applied to it over the centuries. The Bible does not need to be saved because of any defect in itself, but because we have distorted and misread it. Saving the Bible from Ourselves provides students of the Bible a new paradigm for reading and living the Bible well.

The Forgotten Jesus

The Forgotten Jesus
Author: Robby Gallaty
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780310529248
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Release: 2017-04-04
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Through the years, our understanding of Jesus has been shaped by different cultural influences, and many Christians have forgotten that Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land, observing Jewish customs, and investing his life into Jewish men and women. Trading the popular, but inaccurate Western perspective of the Bible for the context in which Jesus actually ministered in 2000 years ago, author Robby Gallaty reveals the fascinating Hebraic culture, customs, and nuances many Christians have never experienced or learned about. By uncovering the teaching of the first and second century rabbis and Christian theologians, and highlighting little-known Jewish idioms and traditions, Gallaty takes Christians on a biblical journey to rediscover a forgotten Jesus from a biblical perspective, deepening your relationship with God.

Perspective Criticism

Perspective Criticism
Author: Gary Yamasaki
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9780227901700
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Release: 2013-02-28
Editor: ISD LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Perspective Criticism sets out a new and illuminating biblical methodology designed to help the reader of biblical narratives in which there is a character engaged in action but no explicit indication from the storyteller on how the action is to be evaluated. Gary Yamasaki argues that in these cases we are receiving cryptic guidance from the author through the narrative technique of point-of-view. In such cases the methodology of Perspective Criticism may be applied to reveal this abstruse guidance. Gary Yamasaki provides a series of frames of analysis within the theory of Perspective Criticism which may be applied to biblical stories: the spatial, psychological, informational, temporal, phraseological, and ideological perspectives. Because the majority of the point-of-view devices found in biblical narratives are also used in cinematic storytelling, the book includes accessible analyses of film scenes, providing pop-culture illustrations of the workings of the point-of-view perspective. Gary Yamasaki concludes by applying his method to two case studies: the New Testament story of Gamaliel, and the Old Testament story of Gideon. In his work Yamasaki creates a valuable foundation for the deeper understanding of biblical narrative, a gift to anyone who has struggled with the concealed messages that should be divined in biblical point-of-view narratives.