Book of the Month: Misreading scripture with individualist eyes

Updated: Nov 4




Each month, we feature a book from the Lumina College Library handpicked by our librarian. This month's Book of the Month is:

Title: Misreading scripture with individualist eyes

Publisher: IVP Academic

Author: E. Randolph Richards and Richard James


Synopsis


Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes is an essential guidebook to the cultural background of the Bible and how it should inform our reading. E. Randolph Richards and Richard James explore deep social structures of the ancient Mediterranean―kinship, patronage, and brokerage―along with their key social tools―honor, shame, and boundaries―that the biblical authors lived in and lie below the surface of each text. From Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to Peter's instructions to elders, the authors strip away individualist assumptions and bring the world of the biblical writers to life. Expanding on the popular Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, this book makes clear how understanding collectivism will help us better understand the Bible, which in turn will help us live more faithfully in an increasingly globalized world.


About the author


E. Randolph Richards (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is provost and professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His many books include Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, Rediscovering Jesus, Rediscovering Paul, The Story of Israel, and Paul and First-Century Letter Writing.


Richard James (pseudonym) is a cross-cultural trainer and is involved in leading church planting teams in the Middle East.

 

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