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Cross-Cultural Paul
Journeys to Others, Journeys to Ourselves
PAPERBACK; Published: 8/16/2005
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2843-9
Price: $ 28.00
302 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6x9
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The apostle Paul was a cross-cultural missionary, a Hellenistic Jew who sought to be "all things to all people" in order to win them to the gospel. In this provocative book Charles Cosgrove, Herold Weiss, and K. K. Yeo bring Paul into conversation with six diverse cultures of today: Argentine/Uruguayan, Anglo-American, Chinese, African American, Native American, and Russian. No other book on the apostle Paul looks at his thought from multiple cultural perspectives in the way that this one does. From the introduction outlining the authors' cultural backgrounds to the conclusion drawing together what they learn from each other, Cross-Cultural Paul orients readers to the hermeneutical struggles and rewards of approaching texts cross-culturally.

Review of Biblical Literature
"While it raises interesting questions for serious scholars, [Cross-Cultural Paul] is also an apt tool for use with graduate students involved in or preparing for ministry in increasingly diverse cultural settings."
Reviews in Religion & Theology
"A strong and well-conceived contribution to contemporary hermeneutical debates. . . This kind of bold attempt to read and learn through cross-cultural dialogue is sorely needed in Western European scholarship today, and the authors are to be commended for the experiment."
"This extraordinarily rich volume is a fascinating invitation to read and re-read Paul from six cultural contexts. . . I highly recommend this book as an excellent textbook for exegetical classes as well as a rich resource for preaching on Paul's letters."
Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist
"A fascinating insight into each of the cultures dealt with and a lively and intriguing engagement with various aspects of Pauline thought. . . The authors challenge the reader to engage with the question of what aspect of Pauline thought might be said to be 'merely cultural' and of limited importance to Christian faith, and they make a real contribution to building bridges between Christian faith and the self-understanding of teach of the cultures discussed."
David Rhoads
"This is a courageous book at the cutting edge of intercultural interpretation of the Bible. Three biblical scholars (European American, Argentine, and Chinese) each interpret Paul from two different sociocultural locations — their own and another. The process results in a set of six studies that cast Paul in a new light and demonstrate how insights can emerge by reading self-consciously from diverse cultural perspectives. This book clearly will benefit and inform students, teachers, scholars, and pastors alike."
Justo L. Gonzalez
"A creative and often bold example of the value and difficulties of cross-cultural hermeneutics, providing many insights into the manner in which culture affects and enriches biblical interpretation."