Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'brien
Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

Let's begin with these two facts, 1) the Bible was not written in King James English, and 2) Jesus was not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, suburban-living American. The Story unfolds over thousands of years in the Middle East and is heavily influenced by the times and places. The more we learn about these times and places, the deeper we can dive into the Story of the Scriptures. This book is a great place to start!
  • Provocative quote on page 17 - "the church is not dying in America; it is alive and well, but it is alive and well among the immigrant and ethnic communities and not among the majority white churches in the United States."
  • Reasonable words on apocalyptic genre on page 85.
  • Grace and Faith as relationship markers and not forensic decrees, page 173.
  • Self-sufficiency as a curse, check out page 183.
This is a good read that will challenge a traditional, American interpretation of Scripture. It would also be a very good book for church leadership teams to read and process together. Other books that are similar: "Eat This Word" by Eugene Peterson, "Blue Parakeet" by Scott McKnight, and "The Last Word" by N.T. Wright.


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