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Title: Navigating Romans Through Cultures: Challenging Readings by Charting a New Course
Author: Yeo, K K
Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2005
Paperback; ISBN: 9780567025012
Volumes: 1; Pages: 336
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Navigating Romans Through Cultures contains eight chapters of critical and contextualized readings of Paul's letter to the Romans by scholars from Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Asia. It provides an interpretive voyage into how the gospel of Paul, as contained in his letter to the Romans, fulfills its original vision of "making known the gospel of Christ in all nations" (Rom 16:26). The challenge of the contributors is to express Paul's gospel in terms of their own cultures.
The book is the latest installment in the Romans Through History and Culture series, edited by Daniel Patte and Cristina Grenholm.
This journey around the world took no less than four years. Each contributor is familiar with the culture they worked with, since many lived in that culture. Each "travel-log" is not just a report of how we steer the ship (letter to the Romans) through the water of a particular culture (or a sea of cultures for many of us); it is also a life changing critical reflection on our reading and interpretative process. Thus charting a new course involves more than offering new ways of reading Romans; it also involves clarifying the rationales for this new reading, in the light of the contextual, analytical, and hermeneutical frames of Scripture Criticism.
In their challenging readings of Romans, the contributors have wrestled with:
- an understanding of culture
- the cultural background and mission of Paul
- cultural and theological conflicts in the letter of Paul to the Romans
- cultural interpretations of Paul
- and navigating equipments in steering Romans through cultures.
Contributors include Florin T. Cimpean; Herold O. Weiss; Jonathan A. Draper; Gerald O. West; Mark D. Baker; J. Ross Wagner; James D. G. Dunn; Juan Escarfuller; Elsa Tamez; Monya A. Stubbs; Kathy Ehrensperger; Daniel C. Arichea, Jr; Douglas A. Campbell; Revelation Enriquez Velunt; Troy A. Martin; Brian K. Blount; Charles H.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Navigating Romans Through Cultures
Yeo Khiok-khng (K. K.)
Part 1: EUROPE AND AFRICA
1. From Margins to Center: Pentecostal and Orthodox Readings of Romans 8 in Romania
Florin T. Cimpean
Response: Herold O. Weiss
2. A "Frontier" Reading of Romans: The Case of Bishop John William Colenso (1814-1883)
Jonathan A. Draper
Response: Gerald O. West
Part 2: LATIN AMERICA AND NORTH AMERICA
3. The Righteousness of God and Hurricane Mitch: Reading Romans in Hurricane-Devastated Honduras
Mark D. Baker and J. Ross Wagner
Response: James D. G. Dunn
4. Repudiating Assimilation in Readings Romans 9-11: A Latino Theologian Locates His Cultural-Religious Hybridity
Response: Elsa Tamez
5. Subjection, Reflection, Resistance: A Three-Dimensional Process of Empowerment in Romans 13 and the Free-Market Economy
Monya A. Stubbs
Response: Kathy Ehrensperger
Part 3 ASIA
6. Reading Romans in Southeast Asia: Righteousness and its Implications for the Christian Community and Other Faith Communities
Daniel C. Arichea, Jr.
Response: Douglas A. Campbell
7. Ek Piste s Eis Pistin and the Filipinos' Sense of Indebtedness (Utang Na Loob)
Revelation Enriquez Velunta
Response: Troy A. Martin
8. Messianic Predestination in Romans 8 and Classical Confucianism
Yeo Khiok-khng (K. K.)
Response: Brian K. Blount
Conclusion: Charting the Course and Steering the Ship
Charles H. Cosgrove
Index of Scriptural References
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
"This volume, as part of a new interpretive series, is an exciting and challenging experiment in biblical scholarship. I like especially the symphonic quality of the work, its representation of the interplay between different critical methods and approaches and different social-cultural perspectives from much of the world. With the symphonic discursive play of many creative and accomplished critics, this volume represents a fascinating contribution to ongoing efforts to add new and challenging 'sounds' to critical interpretation.
"An exciting and challenging experiment in biblical scholarship. With the symphonic discursive play of many creative and accomplished critics, this volume represents a fascinating contribution to ongoing efforts to add new and challenging 'sounds' to critical interpretation."--Vincent L. Wimbush; Professor of Religion; Director, Institute for Signifying Scriptures; Claremont Graduate University; Claremont CA
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