Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

Jun 29th, 2015
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What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example: When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty—that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry. Some readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marryi

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the BiblebyE. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'BrienWhat was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contem

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