The Bible in a World Context: An Experiment in Contextual Hermeneutics

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Walter Dietrich, Ulrich Luz
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2002 - Religion - 80 pages
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, first, in the contextual situations of its readers. 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 often trying 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 each contribute to the volume a programmatic essay on hermeneutics and a shorter Bible study on Luke 2:1-20, the account of Jesus' birth. In showing the role that context plays in interpretation, these chapters demonstrate a contextual hermeneutics that brings familiar biblical texts to life in new and important ways.

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Reading the Bible under a Sky without Stars
An African Approach to Biblical Interpretation
Ego and Self in the New Testament and in Zen
A Star Illuminates the Darkness
An African Reading
Mary and Maya
Theological Astronomy a Parable

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About the author (2002)

Ulrich Luz (1938-2019) was a New Testament scholar from Switzerland. He was also the author of The Theology of Matthew, Matthew in History, and the three-volume commentary on Matthew in the Hermeneia series.

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