Unexpected News: Reading the Bible With Third World Eyes

Unexpected News Reading the Bible With Third World Eyes In Unexpected News Robert McAfee Brown looks at ten biblical texts through a new lens Brown s analysis is concerned with how our reading of the Bible is dependent on our experiences and worldview Bro

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  • Title: Unexpected News: Reading the Bible With Third World Eyes
  • Author: Robert McAfee Brown
  • ISBN: 9780664245528
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Unexpected News, Robert McAfee Brown looks at ten biblical texts through a new lens Brown s analysis is concerned with how our reading of the Bible is dependent on our experiences and worldview Brown sets out to understand how third world Christians, that is, Christians who live in poverty and powerlessness, interpret the Bible Brown argues that by reading the BiblIn Unexpected News, Robert McAfee Brown looks at ten biblical texts through a new lens Brown s analysis is concerned with how our reading of the Bible is dependent on our experiences and worldview Brown sets out to understand how third world Christians, that is, Christians who live in poverty and powerlessness, interpret the Bible Brown argues that by reading the Bible in new ways, we can learn about other cultures as well as gain a new understanding of the biblical message.

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    1. The title of the epilogue appropriately reads, "For those who feel personally assaulted"--speaking to western Christians that will probably feel "resentful and angry" after being attacked "from a different direction in every chapter." I resonate with the title, but also think that this book needs to be read by those of us in the American church to challenge us to be accountable for our actions, live justly, and love God.

    2. an exceptional intro to the biblical basis of the liberation theology movement and its profound insights and broad usefulness

    3. Liberation themes echo throughout the Bible. Believers are called to challenge material oppression, side with the ‘least’ among us, and work to empower the downtrodden. Christianity is inherently a matter of politics, economics, and power.Through an iterative process of worship and action, Christians live this practice. Our natural tendency is to hang out at the feel-good pinnacle & build tabernacles (Luke 9:33), but God calls us to come down from the mountaintop & love through actio [...]

    4. In this book, the author takes ten well known stories from the Bible and asks his readers (who are, generally speaking, white, affluent, educated Americans) to imagine how a person in the third world might hear them. It is a remarkable exercise, to say the least. The more I read and learn about religion in general, and Christianity in particular, the more I come to realize how far from the actual message of Jesus Americans (and Westerners) have wandered. I read today that in the year 1900 there [...]

    5. After reading this I hesitated a little, not being quite sure whether to put it in the "religion" or "politics" category, but this is ultimately about religion, and how religion cannot be separate and neutral about politics, no matter what time we live in.This book is about how third world countries interpret certain Bible texts (though continent-wise this one concentrates on Latin America the most). Its politics-examples and such show clearly when it was written, but just a few changes of names [...]

    6. The title to this book set it up to fail. I was very excited by the idea of looking through scripture with Third World Eyes, but it came up short. But I still think the ideas of the book and the author's general point are worth chewing on. Unexpected News posits that we, in the west, have developed a skewed reading of scripture, that our individualistic culture misses major themes that our brothers and sisters in the Third World can enlighten for us. This I agree whole-heartedly with and was hap [...]

    7. Unexpected News is ok. It's prophetically bent and largely a criticism on the Western world (read: America)'s myopic reading and interpretation of Scripture. It relies heavily on Gutierrez' liberation theology. This used to be in the curriculum for the urban ministry internship I staff, but we've since found it a little outdated (its major examples are the Cold War - totally fair, given it was published in 1984!).What is still relevant is that it alludes to the US involvement in a number of Sout [...]

    8. A great book written in the early 1980's. Some of the info is dated of course because the author is talking current events of the time. I don't remember where I got this book, but I've had it a long time, 'meaning to read it'. Brown gives a good analysis of what the times were like when Jesus and the apostles experienced the things later written about. He looks at how the Jewish/Christian people of the first century A.D. were living: poor, oppressed. Many people of Central and South America in t [...]

    9. Reading "Unexpected News" took me longer than normal. I could only read a little at a time. It's like walking on pieces of glass. Very convicting! But I'm glad I read it through to the end. Chapter 9 especially, "Jesus' Vision: A Task For The Nations". In Matthew 25, we learn that we are not only personally responsible to the poor, hungry, thirsty, immigrant, imprisoned, etc we are also responsible as a NATION! I'm going to make sure our President is made aware of this book. He is already workin [...]

    10. Though this book is very dated in its application, the value of Brown's writing is how he uses prophetic imagination to apply the scripture to the issues and injustices of our modern world. I found his creative applications of scripture engaging, though at times he tone becomes a bit monotonous with his exclusive liberation theology perspective.

    11. This book is hard to read (and I don't mean that the words are big or whatnot). I don't recommend it for everyone. I do recommend it for the Christian who has read Noam Chomsky, though. It's a book that makes you think, and that doesn't have any easy solutions tied up in a bow.

    12. A little dated with a lot of Cold War analogies about power and the developming world but good interpretations of scripture. Draws from Gospel in Solentiname, which I will be putting on my to-read list.

    13. I enjoyed this but found it made the same point in almost every chapter. It would be a good study for some church groups to do, and I think it would ease a lot of people into liberation theology.

    14. I can't think of a single person I don't want to read this book - it should be mandatory Christian reading.

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