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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: 10 - Virtue & Vice

All cultures have different things they consider virtues & vices. These ideas are so deep we just assume there's only one way of looking at an issue. Sometimes those things align with scripture, sometimes not. When we wear our cultural lenses while reading the Bible, we can easily misunderstand virtues, ignore vices, or add to scriptures without even noticing.

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: 09 - Rules & Relationships

Hard-edged rules are a pillar of Western society. We like to know when we're right and when we're wrong (and where others stand). How, then, do we process the fact that rules in other cultures, the Bible included, aren't as clear cut as we would like them to be? Can a valid rule have valid exceptions? Shouldn't rules always be the same (especially rules in the Bible)?

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: 05 - Language

Language is complex and difficult enough when you're only dealing with one. Throw ancient foreign languages in the mix, and it can feel insurmountable. Translation is always tricky, and this complexity is compounded by the assumptions Westerners tend to make about language. In order to better understand scripture as the original recipients would have, we'll try to identify the culture-specific language pitfalls and talk about how to avoid them. 

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: 04 - Prejudices

Humans have held prejudices against "others" in some form since the beginning. But, in our culture, we're taught (rightly so) that differences in ethnicity or where someone is from shouldn't make a difference in how someone is treated. Because of this, we tend to miss times in scripture when ethnicity or some other prejudice may play a part in the meaning of a passage.

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: 03 - Cultural Mores