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Overview

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.

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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

Contributors:

Daniel Patte, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. A French Huguenot (Église Réformée de France), he taught two years in Congo-Brazzaville, and “read the Bible with” people in France, Switzerland, South Africa, Botswana, the Philippines, as well as in the USA. His publications include books on hermeneutics and semiotics (such as Early Jewish Hermeneutics, 1975; The Religious Dimensions of Biblical Texts, 1990); on Paul and Matthew (such as Paul's Faith and the Power of the Gospel, 1983; The Gospel according to Matthew: A Structural Commentary on Matthew's Faith, 1987), as well as, most directly related to the GBC, Ethics of Biblical Interpretation (1995), The Challenge of Discipleship (1999), Reading Israel in Romans: Legitimacy and Plausibility of Divergent Interpretations (ed. with Cristina Grenholm, 2000), The Gospel of Matthew: A Contextual Introduction (with Monya Stubbs, Justin Ukpong, and Revelation Velunta, 2003).

José Severino Croatto,. Professor of Exegesis, Hebrew, and Religious Studies, at Instituto Superior Evangélico de Estudios Teológicos (ISEDET). A contributor to Revista de Interpretación Bíblica Latinoamericana (= RIBLA) and the Movement of Popular Reading of the Bible, he published 22 books, including three volumes on hermeneutics, Exodus, A Hermeneutics of Freedom (1981); Biblical Hermeneutics. Toward a Theory of Reading as the Production of Meaning (1987); Hermenéutica Práctica. Los principios de la hermenéutica bíblica en ejemplos (2002); three volumes on Génesis 1-11 (1974; 1986; 1997), the last one, Exilio y sobrevivencia. Tradiciones contraculturales en el Pentateuco; three volumes on the book of Isaiah (1988; 1994; 2001), the last one, Imaginar el futuro. Estructura retórica y querigma del Tercer Isaías (Isaías 56-66); two volumes on Religious Studies (1994; 2002), the last one, Experiencia de lo sagrado y tradiciones religiosas. Estudio de fenomenología de la religión (2002).

Rev. Dr. Nicole Wilkinson Duran, after teaching New Testament in the USA, South Africa (Zululand), in Turkey, is currently teaching part-time at Rosemont College and Villanova University, and with her husband raising twin sons in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She has published articles on topics ranging from gender and race in Esther, to the unread Bible in Toni Morrison’s novels, to body symbolism in the story of John the Baptist’s execution, and edited (with G. Phillips) Reading Communities Reading Scripture (2002). She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and does occasional preaching and adult Christian education.

Teresa Okure, SHCJ, a graduate from the University of Ibadan, La Sorbonne, École Biblique of Jerusalem, and Fordham University (Ph.D.), is Professor of New Testament and Gender Hermeneutics at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is or has been a member of the executive committees of several associations, including EATWOT (Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, as Executive Secretary), the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), and the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). She published more than 100 articles and six books including The Johannine Approach to Mission: a Contextual Study of John 4:1-42 (1988), ed. Evaluating the Inculturation of Christianity in Africa (1990) and ed. To Cast Fire upon the Earth: Bible and Mission. Collaborating in Today’s Multicultural Global Context (2000).

Archie Chi_Chung Lee, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. A specialist of cross-textual hermeneutics, especially Chinese text and the post-exilic biblical tradition. He is the author of several books including A Commentary on the Book of Koheleth, (in Chinese 1990), Doing Theology with Asian Resources: Ten Years in the Formation of Living Theology in Asia (1993, ed.) and Interpretation of the Megilloth (in Chinese 2003) and numerous articles including "Genesis One and the Plagues Tradition in Ps. 105," Vetus Testamentum, 40, (1990): 257-263, "Biblical Interpretation in Asian Perspective," Asia Journal of Theology, 7, (1993): 35-39, "The Chinese Creation Myth of Nu Kua and the Biblical Narrative in Genesis 1-11," Biblical Interpretation 2 (1994): 312-324, "Cross-Textual Hermeneutics on Gospel and Culture". Asia Journal of Theology 10 (1996): 38-48 and "Biblical Interpretation of the Return in the Postcolonial Hong Kong," Biblical Interpretation, 9 (1999): 164-173.

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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: 524,175
  • 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

Introduction
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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