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Global Bible Commentary

by Daniel M Patte
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  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publishing date: 10/2004
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780687064038
  • ISBN: 0687064031


The Global Bible Commentary invites its users to expand their horizon by reading the Bible with scholars from all over the world and from different religious persuasions.  These scholars have approaches and concerns that often are poles apart.  Yet they share two basic convictions:  biblical interpretation always matters; and reading the Bible “with others” is highly rewarding.  

Each of the short commentaries of the Global Bible Commentary is a readily accessible guide for reading a biblical book. Written for undergraduate and seminary students and their teachers, as well as for pastors, priests, and Adult Sunday School classes, it introduces the users to the main features of the biblical book and its content.

Yet each short commentary does more. It also brings us a precious gift, namely the opportunity of reading this biblical book as if for the first time. By making explicit the specific context and the concerns from which she/he reads the Bible, the scholar points out to us the significance of aspects of the biblical text that we simply took for granted or overlooked.

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If any book demonstrates the value of cultural criticism and the importance of particularity in interpretation, this is it! Scholars from diverse social locations in every continent bring their distinctive context to bear on the act of interpreting. In so doing, they shed eye-opening light on the biblical texts. The resulting critical dialogue with the Bible exposes the oppressive as well as the liberating dynamics of the texts while at the same time showing how the Bible might address the social, political, cultural, and economic dynamics of our world today. This collection can change the way you read the Bible—scholars and students, clergy and laity alike.

-David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL



Daniel Patte, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.  A French  Huguenot (Eglise Réformée de France), he taught two years in Congo-Brazzaville, and “read the Bible with” people in France, Switzerland, South Africa, Botswana, the Philippines, as well as in the USA.  His publications include books on hermeneutics and semiotics (such as Early Jewish Hermeneutics, 1975;  The Religious Dimensions of Biblical Texts, 1990); on Paul and Matthew (such as Paul's Faith and the Power of the Gospel, 1983; The Gospel according to Matthew: A Structural Commentary on Matthew's Faith, 1987), as well as, most directly related to the GBC,  Ethics of Biblical Interpretation (1995),  The Challenge of Discipleship (1999),  Reading Israel in Romans:  Legitimacy and Plausibility of Divergent Interpretations (ed. with Cristina Grenholm, 2000), The Gospel of Matthew: A Contextual Introduction (with Monya Stubbs, Justin Ukpong, and Revelation Velunta, 2003).

 José Severino Croatto,. Professor of Exegesis, Hebrew, and Religious Studies, at Instituto Superior Evangélico de Estudios Teol?gicos  (ISEDET).  A contributor to Revista de Interpretaci?n B?blica Latinoamericana (= RIBLA) and the Movement of Popular Reading of the Bible, he published 22 books, including three volumes on hermeneutics, Exodus, A Hermeneutics of Freedom (1981); Biblical Hermeneutics. Toward a Theory of Reading as the Production of Meaning (1987); Hermenéutica Pr?ctica. Los principios de la hermenéutica b?blica en ejemplos (2002); three volumes on Génesis 1-11 (1974; 1986; 1997), the last one, Exilio y sobrevivencia. Tradiciones contraculturales en el Pentateuco; three volumes on the book of Isaiah (1988; 1994; 2001), the last one, Imaginar el futuro. Estructura ret?rica y querigma del Tercer Isa?as (Isa?as 56-66); two volumes on Religious Studies (1994; 2002), the last one, Experiencia de lo sagrado y tradiciones religiosas. Estudio de fenomenolog?a de la religi?n (2002).

 Rev. Dr. Nicole Wilkinson Duran, after teaching New Testament in the USA, South Africa (Zululand), in Turkey, is currently teaching part-time at Rosemont College and Villanova University, and with her husband raising twin sons in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.  She has published articles on topics ranging from gender and race in Esther, to the unread Bible in Toni Morrison’s novels, to body symbolism in the story of John the Baptist’s execution, and edited (with G. Phillips) Reading Communities Reading Scripture (2002).  She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and does occasional preaching and adult Christian education.

 Teresa Okure, SHCJ, a graduate from the University of Ibadan, La Sorbonne, Ecole Biblique of Jerusalem, and Fordham University (Ph.D.), is Professor of New Testament and Gender Hermeneutics at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is or has been a member of the executive committees of several associations, including EATWOT (Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, as Executive Secretary), the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), and the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS).  She published more than 100 articles and six books including The Johannine Approach to Mission: a Contextual Study of John 4:1-42  (1988), ed. Evaluating the Inculturation of Christianity in Africa (1990) and  ed. To Cast Fire upon the Earth:  Bible and Mission.  Collaborating in Today’s Multicultural Global Context  (2000).

 Archie Chi_Chung Lee,  Professor of Hebrew Bible, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  A specialist of cross-textual hermeneutics, especially Chinese text and the post-exilic biblical tradition.  He is the author of several books including A Commentary on the Book of Koheleth, (in Chinese 1990), Doing Theology with Asian Resources:  Ten Years in the Formation of Living Theology in Asia (1993, ed.) and Interpretation of the Megilloth (in Chinese 2003)  and numerous articles including

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    no one serious about doing ministry in a multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-ethnic context will be complete in their studies of scripture without considering digesting this book. every missionary, every evangelist, and every student of the word would be well served to have this book inform and broaden their theology. this book should be required reading in every seminary.

  • Global Bible Commentary
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    This collection is entirely focused on neo-Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-global economy nonsense misnamed as "biblical theology." The much too generous salaries and perks of these seminary professors come from countless church folks totally unaware of what these so-called mentors of future church leaders express. How many of these seminary folks have EVER run a business or coroporation, been involved long term in labor unions,political parties or in governmental projects outside of the academy. I patiently read through this book and found so shallow as not tot be workth much creditibility at all. The kind of bitterness sown by these authors is absolutely foreign to the sovereign God who judges all. A much better resources is The African Bible Commentary, edited by Tokunboh Adeyemo. This work combines true exegesis with hard-hitting social justice reflections.

  • Letting the Bible Challenge Us Again
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    The Global Bible Commentary challenges us to step outside ourselves and see the Bible from new perspectives. I've used this book in seminary as assigned reading in New Testament and optional reading in Old Testament. The contributors are bible scholars, and the editor has taken pains to "approximate the geographical, denominational and gender balance of Bible readers around the world today." [xxi] Choosing Bible *readers* shifts emphasis away from the West and towards women, the poor and oppressed in emerging societies. If one thinks context is not relevant to biblical interpretation, then one is likely to be challenged by this book. The book offers at least one commentary for each book of the Bible plus five general commentaries on Jesus from an African, Asian, Latin, Orthodox, and "Western" perspective. For each commentary, the contributing scholar provides a description of their own life context, a commentary on the text, and a conclusion. The textual commentary usually reflects current scholarship and could complement any bible study. The context and conclusion often generate surprising insights - for example, one sees how Judges and 1 & 2 Samuel could resonate with African tribal history and generate skepticism towards the rise of the kings, or why South American readers find Ezekial's vision both promising and oppressive. I was fascinated how Indian and Nigerian writers applied Paul's letters to the divided church in Corinth to their church situations today. For people who take the Bible seriously, the Global Bible Commentary offers new eyes with which to approach familiar texts. We get to re-read and be re-challenged by words we thought we knew.

  • Wonderful Commentary
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    This is a great commentary on the Bible. You hear from a variety of voices throughout the world. It is very helpful in understanding the Bible in a completely different context than US American Empire. I highly reccomend it--it will preach!

  • Global perhaps, commentary, not!
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    I bought this book to review as a potential classroom text. It is a jumble of ways to misuse the Bible to support modern revisionist theology. According to this book, inclusiveness, cultural relativism and subjective morality are the primary message of the Bible. Other topics which pass for biblical commentary include Interclass power struggles, feminist identity and the misogynist patriarchal society, liberation theology, etc My opinion... Unless you are really interested in far left apologetics, save your money.

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