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The Bible in a World Context: An Experiment in Contextual Hermeneutics
Edited by Walter Dietrich and Ulrich Luz
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In the West, the Bible is largely read and studied abstractly, without context. This is unfortunate since the meaning and value of Scripture are rooted, firstly, in the personal and social situations of its readers. In this sense, the West has much to learn from voices in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia, where people are reading and studying the Bible in direct relation to the circumstances of their daily lives.
The Bible in a World Context is an engaging work that offers a fresh look at the subjects of Bible reading and hermeneutics from a global perspective. Three rising scholars representing three distinct geographical regions Elsa Tamez (Latin America), Justin Ukpong (Africa), and Seiichi Yagi (Asia) each contribute to the volume a programmatic essay on hermeneutics and a shorter Bible study on Luke 2:120, the narrative of Jesus' birth. In showing the role that context plays in interpretation, these chapters demonstrate a contextual hermeneutics that brings familiar texts to life in new and profoundly important ways.
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About the Editors
Walter Dietrich is professor of Old Testament at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Ulrich Luz is professor of New Testament at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
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