Through the Eyes of Another: Intercultural Reading of the Bible

Book, 2004, 532 pp
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This book documents an unprecedented three-year research study centered on the story of the encounter of Jesus with a Samaritan woman. The study involved a unique partnership of committed and creative ordinary readers, expert teachers and other pastoral leaders, and Bible and theology scholars, representing many countries in five continents.

The book starts with a thorough description of the research project including descriptions of the actual experience of groups who read the John 4 story and interacted with other readers from various cultural backgrounds. It continues with several case studies followed by critical analyses of various dimensions the hermeneutical and communication processes involved. Finally, a number of implications are drawn for practical theology and theological education, hermeneutical practices and studies, and ecumenical and missiological endeavors.

Readers will find this volume a special testimony to the fascinating nature of intercultural Bible reading and its potential contribution to the life of faith communities and to the work of church agencies and scholars. Far from considering this effort a finished product, the editors present it as an invitation to further reflection, dialogue, and collaboration.

Also see the Intercultural Biblical Hermeneutics series, available separately.

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