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The Global Bible Commentary invites its users to expand their horizon by reading the Bible with scholars from all over the world and from different religious persuasions. These scholars have approaches and concerns that often are poles apart. Yet they share two basic convictions: biblical interpretation always matters; and reading the Bible "with others" is highly rewarding.

Each of the short commentaries of the Global Bible Commentary is a readily accessible guide for reading a biblical book. Written for undergraduate and seminary students and their teachers, as well as for pastors, priests, and Adult Sunday School classes, it introduces the users to the main features of the biblical book and its content.

Yet each short commentary does more. It also brings us a precious gift, namely the opportunity of reading this biblical book as if for the first time. By making explicit the specific context and the concerns from which she/he reads the Bible, the scholar points out to us the significance of aspects of the biblical text that we simply took for granted or overlooked.

"If any book demonstrates the value of cultural criticism and the importance of particularity in interpretation, this is it! Scholars from diverse social locations in every continent bring their distinctive context to bear on the act of interpreting. In so doing, they shed eye-opening light on the biblical texts. The resulting critical dialogue with the Bible exposes the oppressive as well as the liberating dynamics of the texts while at the same time showing how the Bible might address the social, political, cultural, and economic dynamics of our world today. This collection can change the way you read the Bible-scholars and students, clergy and laity alike."

-David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687064038
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 743,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Patte, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, received a B.A. from the University of Grenoble, a B.D. from the Protestant Theological Seminary, Montpellier, a Th.M. from the University of Geneva and a Th.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary. After serving two terms as General Editor of Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism of the Society of
Biblical Literature, he is now on the editorial boards of The Bulletin of Contextual Theology in Southern Africa and Africa and of Chinese Christianity: An Experimental Journal of Bible, Theology and Culture. His twelve books, six edited volumes, and more than 80 articles reflect his overall quest for a "hermeneutics of moral responsibility in biblical interpretation." His interest in hermeneutics (Early Jewish Hermeneutics in Palestine) and in theories of communication, structuralism, and semiotics (three books on "Structural Exegesis") led him to pay special attention to The Religious Dimensions of Biblical Texts and, in particular, of Paul's letters (Paul's Faith and the Power of the Gospel) and Matthew (The Gospel according to Matthew). Daniel Patte's concern for moral responsibility in research and teaching (Ethics of Biblical Interpretation) led him to a practice of "Scriptural Criticism" that accounts for the ways in which Christian believers in diverse social and cultural contexts are affected by New Testament texts and their interpretations (The Challenge of Discipleship: A Critical Study of the Sermon on the Mount as
Scripture). In the Society of Biblical Literature, he develops this approach together with an interdisciplinary international group of scholars who study Romans Through History and Cultures (a book series he edits). With Cristina Grenholm, he co-edited the first volume, Reading Israel in Romans, and co-authored the programmatic "Overture: Receptions, Critical Interpretations, and
Scriptural Criticism." In his research and teaching, Daniel Patte follows an anthropological approach for which ordinary Christian believers are appropriate informants. Thus, be it at Vanderbilt, in Europe, in the Philippines, or in Africa, where he goes regularly, he begins with the "believers' interpretations" of New Testament texts, "reading with" people from diverse cultures.
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Table of Contents

Using the GBC in Bible study groups and classes
Hebrew Bible
Genesis 1
Exodus 17
Leviticus 30
Numbers 43
Deuteronomy 52
Joshua 64
Judges 74
Ruth 86
1 and 2 Samuel 92
1 and 2 kings 105
1 and 2 chronicles 119
Ezra-Nehemiah 127
Esther 135
Job 141
Psalms 151
Proverbs 163
Ecclesiastes 175
Song of songs 180
Isaiah 1-39 186
Isaiah 40-55 195
Isaiah 56-66 201
Fourth Isaiah 207
Jeremiah 212
Lamentations 226
Ezekiel 1-39 234
Ezekiel 40-48 246
Daniel 253
Hosea 262
Joel 272
Amos 277
Obadiah 286
Jonah 291
Micah 295
Nahum 301
Habakkuk 306
Zephaniah 310
Haggai 315
Zechariah 318
Malachi 325
New Testament
Jesus : an African perspective 329
Jesus : an Asian perspective 333
Jesus : a Latin American perspective 337
Jesus Christ : an Orthodox perspective 342
Jesus : a Western perspective 346
Matthew 350
Matthew 5-7 : The sermon on the mount and India 361
Mark 367
Mark's healing stories in an AIDS context 379
Luke 385
Luke's God and mammon, a Latin American perspective 395
John 401
John in an Orthodox perspective 412
Acts 419
Romans 429
1 Corinthians 444
1 Corinthians 11 in Christian and Muslim dialogue 451
2 Corinthians 455
Galatians 463
Ephesians 473
Philippians 482
Colossians 490
1 Thessalonians 500
2 Thessalonians 504
1 Timothy 508
2 Timothy and Titus 516
Philemon 522
Hebrews 527
Hebrews : sacrifice in an African perspective 535
James 539
1 and 2 Peter, Jude 545
1, 2, and 3 John 553
Revelation 559
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