USD Contextual Contextual Approaches to Reading Luke and Acts Report


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(Chapters 1-3) De La Torre, Miguel A. Reading the Bible from the Margins.

Students will review the book Reading the Bible from the Margins and produce a minimum of 1250 words (1” margins, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, no title page, heading single spaced, text double spaced). Your audience should be imagined as adults of average to above average intelligence (pastors, parents, peers) who are not specialists in this field. You are writing for them and to them. This reading report should have two parts.

Part One: Summary. You are to briefly summarize selected chapters of the book (or articles, etc. – see below). Pay attention to the aims of each chapter/article. What is the author trying to communicate? How does the author go about making the argument? Read carefully and write concisely. Allot about 300-330 words per chapter/article (+/- 875-1000 words).

Part Two: Personal Appreciation or Evaluation of the Articles/Chapters. This is the place where you articulate in some detail what you feel are the merits and/or shortcomings of the book/articles/chapters. What aspects of the book do you consider to be especially helpful or illuminating regarding reading the New Testament? What aspects of the articles, etc. do you consider to be particularly troubling? Do you still have questions? What are they? Allot about 300 words (1 page) for this section (the total assignment should be about 1250 words).


The paper MUST include parenthetical references for ALL sources used (example - (Green, 45). The paper MUST include a works cited page for all resources used.

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Contextual Approaches to Reading Luke/Acts


Contextual Approaches to Reading Luke/Acts

Chapter 1
In the first chapter, the main idea being articulated by the author is how we see the world
from a societal point of view. An individual or community’s perspective is not influenced by
reality and logic, instead by historical beliefs and existing norms. Throughout this chapter, the
author uses various aspects of life and society, such as race, interpretation of words, the Bible,
and language. The concepts are, however, not arranged according to the earlier outline. In the
first segment of the chapter, the author tries to elaborate on the significance of words. From his
perspective, words do not mean what they ought to represent, but rather the societal
understanding of these words. Various examples are cited, including terms from the dictionary.
Black and white are meant to represent colors, and only colors, but the existing literature
associates the words with good and evil. The latter is linked to black, while purity is associated
with white. This notion is a precursor to superiority complex and racism. We have been taught to
equate different colors such as red, green, and yellow to traffic symbols and rules.
Another section of the article deals with how the mind of a twenty-first-century
inhabitant has reviewed ancient literature. To be specific, the Bible and the world at its time have
been interpreted using the modern-day...

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