By L. Juliana Claassens,Bruce C. Birch
The Bible has the unlucky legacy of being linked to gross human rights violations as glaring within the scriptural justification of apartheid in South Africa in addition to slavery within the American South. what's extra, the Hebrew Bible additionally includes a variety of circumstances during which the value or dignity of the feminine characters are threatened, violated or almost certainly violated, making a state of affairs of dehumanization during which girls are seen as below totally human.
And but the Bible maintains to function a resource of idea for readers dedicated to justice and liberation for all. yet to ensure that the Bible to talk a liberative observe, what's helpful is to domesticate freeing Bible interpreting practices rooted in justice and compassion. Restorative Readings seeks to do just this whilst the authors of their respective readings search to domesticate Bible interpreting practices which are dedicated to restoring the distinction of these whose dignity has been violated through racial, gender, and sexual discrimination, via the atrocities of apartheid, by way of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and through the dehumanizing fact of unemployment and poverty.
"Restorative Readings is a three way partnership of professional students of previous testomony and ethics from South Africa and the U.S., societies during which the Bible has traditionally been used to justify abusive practices of violence, injustice, and xenophobia. those essays stroll a confident center highway among the wholesale rejection of the outdated testomony as irredeemably violent at the one hand and faulty makes an attempt to disregard or clarify away the Bible's violent purposes in human history."
--Dennis Olson, Charles Haley Professor of outdated testomony Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
"In Restorative Readings, Julie Claassens, Bruce Birch, and a sensible team of students from South Africa and the USA remind us that whether the language of human dignity is not specific in Scripture, considerate exegesis of biblical texts can nonetheless chanced on, shape, and fund realization to human dignity in an international all too prone to sag lower than the load of violent ideologies, marketplace good judgment, and tepid politics. We upward thrust whilst we read."
--Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Juliana Claassens is Professor of previous testomony within the college of Theology, Stellenbosch collage, South Africa. Her most up-to-date booklet is Mourner, mom, Midwife: Reimagining God's releasing Presence within the previous Testament.
Bruce Birch is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. His works comprise Let Justice Roll Down: outdated testomony, Ethics, and Christian Life and A Theological advent to the previous Testament (with W. Brueggemann, T. Fretheim, and D. Petersen).