I’m finishing a recent book called Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible (E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien), and it’s proved to be quite profitable and thought-provoking. The goal of the book is to explore just how deeply our unintentional cultural assumptions run when we approach the biblical texts. Are there places where modern Westerners are perhaps not reading Scripture the way in which it should be read because of preconditioned thought-patterns we have?
I think the book itself is a valid and necessary enterprise, and the authors do an excellent job unmasking some of the cultural blinders and refractive lenses that we may not even realize are there. No one reads Scripture from a “neutral” position, so what are some of the things that Western Christians should examine?
Richards and O’Brien probe three “layers” of cultural values and assumptions…
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