By Brandon O’Brien and Randy Richards
What was clear to the original readers of Scripture isn’t always clear to us. Due to the cultural distance between the biblical world and our modern setting, we frequently bring our Western biases to the text, instead of trying to think like them.
In Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, Biblical scholars Brandon O’Brien and Randy Richards make clear the ways that Western readers typically misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They examine nine key areas Westerners have considerably different assumptions regarding what could be occurring in a section of Scripture. Drawing on their own cross-cultural expertise in world missions, both O’Brien and Richards present how higher self-awareness and understanding of cultural variations in language, time and social mores enable us to see the Bible in how it was meant to be read. Getting past our cultural assumptions is more and more necessary for being Christians in our increasingly interconnected and globalized world. This book is great launching material to learn how to interpret the Bible in its timely context and connect with the people of the Old and New Testament worlds.