by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien
Imagine what it would be like to attempt to read a book written thousands of years ago to a cultural group unlike your own. Don’t you think it would be hard to understand or appreciate? For these same reasons, it is difficult for our modern-day society to understand certain biblical Scriptures because of the distance and differences between biblical times and our contemporary world. Words throughout time don’t hold the same meanings. Cultural and historical context are lost in unfamiliar and unshared experiences. When reading the Bible, it is common for us to base our interpretations off of what we know—modern language and contemporary culture—as we try to fill in the gaps instead of diving into a self-driven study of biblical context.
In their book Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, authors Randy Richards and Brandon O’Brien identify nine key areas of the Bible where readers often misunderstand what the original author was communicating. This book invites you to discover Scripture with fresh eyes as you learn to throw off assumptions and see new meaning in some of the most misread and misunderstood verses of the Bible.