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Global Voices

Reading the Bible in the Majority World

edited Craig Keener and M Daniel Carroll R

Jacket

Paperback
Price: £11.99
Publisher:Hendrickson from Alban Books
Published:2013
ISBN:978-1-619-70009-3
Review:
"It has become a truism that one's social location shapes one's ability to see what is in a text and to hear what that text is challenging one's community and oneself to desire, to do and to become." (David A deSilva ­quotation from page 39). To be able to read the Bible through unfamiliar lenses taken from the "majority world (basically the "Third World", though including poorer migrant communities in richer nations) - that is the theme of this collection of addresses and responses at the Society for Biblical Literature conference in 2011. The 11 eminent contributors bring with them fascinating insights from China and Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa and the Republic of Congo, India and the Hispanic regions of Latin America. For all this diversity, I couldn't help noticing that all but one of them are professors at North American universities and only 2 are women. I wonder if there is a danger that this exercise, nobly designed to broaden our horizons in the west, may subtly have an American male bias? Be that as it may, I found the reflections on Daniel and some of the Psalms, and on Galatians, Ephesians 6:10-18, and 1 Corinthians 12-14 illuminating. I'm sure that this book has made me aware of insights from other parts of the world, leaves me less inclined to think that only I and those like me have the right reading of the biblical text and will have a positive effect on how I read the Bible in
the future.

Reviewer: Barry Vendy   (03/07/13)
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