Author: Rev Dr Anthony Loke, Lecturer in Old Testament and Dean of Studies (2013-16), Seminari Theoloji Malaysia.
The key issue that Eddie wants to highlight is that Christians, where ever they are, often presume that there is only one standard way to read the Bible. This is based on the premise that the Bible is inherently true and that anyone coming to the Bible would be able to figure the plain sense of the biblical text and thereby come to a standard way of reading and understanding it. Eddie provides numerous real-life examples in his paper of how this presumption is repeatedly shown to be false. The primary reason is because the Bible itself is a ‘multicultural, inter-cultural and cross-cultural book’ and written over a large span of time and in a variety of cultural and political settings.
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