Gospel & Culture blog
Richards and O'Brien's (2012) popular book on how Western culture causes us to misunderstand biblical passages only takes about four hours to read, but will enrich your sermons and stretch your understanding of God and the Christian praxis. While many of the stories are about Indonesia, it is not about an Indonesian hermeneutic- it is about how the Indonesian cultural logic made the biblical stories come to life for the authors.
The authors trace the them of 'what goes without saying' in a culture- that is, the implicit cultural logic that everyone knows, but which those from another culture may not know. This way of making implicit cultural information explicit is in the tradition of Bruce Malina, who did an anthropology of New Testament World. It is also, I might add, what Bible translators do as they translate every verse into vernaculars. Some interesting insights:
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Kenneth Nehrbass, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Biola University, Author, Pastor