Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes (4) – Individualism & Collectivism

Misreading Scripture with Western EyesAfter a two-month hiatus, including a month of holiday in the U.S., it’s time to get back on track as I walk through Randolph Richards’ and Brandon O’Brien’s, Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes. The text is basically an introduction to the art of hermeneutics, or how to interpret Scripture.

Here’s a brief recap of my first 4 posts:

  • Preview of the book
  • Chapter 1 – Issues above the surface: mores (the fundamental moral values of a group that go without saying)
  • Chapter 2 – Issues above the surface: race & ethnicity
  • Chapter 3 – Issues above the surface: language

Knowing the first part of the book dealt with issues above the surface (using the illustration of an iceberg), the second part of the book, chs.4-6, shall involve aspects of understanding Scripture that go just below the surface.

The first aspect is one that is of great interest to me: individualism and collectivism. Continue reading

Interpretation, Shmerpretation

scripturescrollToday I came across a question regarding the Bible: Why is interpretation necessary?

Everyone is aware that interpretation is needed on our, the reader’s, part. Well, it’s likely that some don’t believe much interpretation involved. But one of the foundational elements of Bible reading is that of interpretation – a lot of it. It’s never as simple as black ink on white paper. There is a WHOLE lot more involved. Yes, a MASSIVE amount involved.

And, as I’ve shared before, the reformation principle of the perspicuity (or clarity) of Scripture can be a bit of a misnomer. I am very happy to recognise that parts are a little clearer than others. Is it 50-50, 80-20 or 20-80, in favour of unclear to clear? I’ll leave it to another decide. But the Scripture is not so readily clear.

Hence, interpretation. Continue reading

Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes (3)

Misreading Scripture with Western EyesIt’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I want to continue walking through Randolph Richards’ and Brandon O’Brien’s book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. So far, I’ve posted these 3 articles:

  • Preview of the book
  • Chapter 1 – Mores (the fundamental moral values of a group that go without saying)
  • Chapter 2 – Race & Ethnicity

Now it’s time to move on to chapter 3, which looks at the subject of language. Continue reading