Staff Pick – Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

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“Did I tell you what I read today in Misreading Scripture?”

While reading this book, I think I asked my friends, co-workers and family this question constantly, wanting to share with them every little thing I read. I couldn’t stop talking about it. I was blown away by the insights and evidence the authors provided to explain the cultural differences between when the Bible was written and now.

Even without consciously knowing it, we all bring our own biases and assumptions with us when we read the Bible. As a 25-year-old female who was raised in America, I am going to interpret verses through the lens of our individualistic society, placing my rules and understanding of language and time into God’s Word. The worst part? I wouldn’t have even known I was doing it until I read E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien’s book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes.

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Staff Pick – God Behaving Badly

GodBehavingBadlySometimes when I am reading the Old Testament, I have to stop and say, “Uh…what?” God can come off, well, angry, sexist and racist. It sometimes even seems worse compared to how loving and kind Jesus was in the New Testament, causing people to separate God into the mean, scary Old Testament God verses the nice New Testament Jesus. How do we reconcile these seemingly different portrayals of God?

That’s where David Lamb and God Behaving Badly come in. He wants us to discuss and study the hard questions that most of us ignore because we don’t understand. Each chapter is dedicated to a question about God’s character, like “Is God Angry or Loving?” and “Is God Legalistic or Gracious?” Using biblical references that we are uncomfortable with, he explains the historical circumstances to show how what God does is for good, even though it seems harsh to us.

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