Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes

By: Brown, Robert McAfee

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In "Unexpected News," Robert McAfee Brown looks at ten biblical texts through a new lens. Brown's analysis is concerned with how our reading of the Bible is dependent on our experiences and worldview. Brown sets out to understand how "third world Christians," that is, Christians who live in poverty and powerlessness, interpret the Bible. Brown argues that by reading the Bible in new ways, we can learn more about other cultures as well as gain a new understanding of the biblical message.

Title: Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes

Author/Composer: Brown, Robert McAfee

Categories: Opinions/Topics,

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press: 1984-01-01

ISBN Number: 0664245528

ISBN Number 13: 9780664245528

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

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Type: Paperback

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Description: Very Good Minus Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Sticker scrape showing on back cover with all other visible wear minor. Minor visible outer soil. Used paperback book copy of Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes by Robert McAfee Brown. Philadelphia PA: Westminster Press, 1984. 166 pages. 5.25 x 8 inches, 22 cm. Current list price 22.00. From the Introduction: Significant Christian voices are being heard in the third world today. And when third world Christians listen to the Bible, they hear different things than we hear. It often seems as though they and we are reading different books. Why is this? Third world Christians think that people like us read the Bible from the vantage point of our privilege and comfort and screen out those parts that threaten us. They tell us that the basic viewpoint of the bible writers is that of victims, those who have been cruelly used by society, the poor and oppressed. They further tell us that they are the contemporary counterpart of those biblical victims, cruelly used by contemporary society, the poor and oppressed. Consequently, when they hear the Bible offering hope and liberation being offered to them as the oppressed of the ancient world, they hear hope and liberation being offered to them as the oppressed of the contemporary world. If God sided with the oppressed back then, they believe God continues to side with the oppressed here and now. The point of this book, then, is to encourage Bible study. It is not an end in itself but a means to another end: directly confronting the biblical text. It is not trying to be balanced but to be provocative, and readers are encouraged to challenge its particular interpretations; after all, the biblical texts are there, and it is the biblical texts that are important. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

Keywords: Christian Books, Robert McAfee Brown, Biblical Criticism, Bible Interpretation, Bible Study, Christianity Third World Countries, Christianity Theological Perspectives, Liberation Theology, ISBN 0664245528,