Word and World, published by IFES, ‘aims to promote conversation and reflection about God’s Word and God’s World’, seeking ‘to enable those involved in student ministry to be nourished by the gospel and attentive to the world that students inhabit’.
‘The theme for this issue coincides with the upcoming release of the African Study Bible, which pairs the New Living Translation with comments by authors from around Africa.. Two of the projects' leaders, John Jusu and Matthew Elliot, talk... about coordinating more than 350 authors to help us hear God's word in fresh ways, learning from how the Scriptures are received in Africa.
‘The remaining contributions explore how to read the Bible in other cultural contexts. Samuel Escobar relates what it was like to read the Bible in the early days of his ministry with IFES in Latin America as the ideologies of Marxism and right-wing totalitarianism prevailed. Charlie Hadjiev also deals with political context, demonstrating the difference that this makes when someone looks to the Bible to help them understand how to relate to authority.
‘Myrto Theocharous emphasizes the oppression that privileged contexts of interpretation have exercised over underpriviledged contexts, calling for equality and reconciliation between different communities of Bible readers. K.K. Yeo deals with the task of biblical interpretation as a Malaysian-Chinese reader, a sacred task enabled by the Holy Spirit.’
John Jusu and Matthew Elliott
The Africa Study Bible: God’s Word through African Eyes
The Bible, Communism, and Totalitarianism in 1960s Latin America
A Case Study on the Bible and Authority
Ethics, Context, and the Biblical Text
The Sacred Task of the Bible Interpreter: The Method of a Chinese Christian
The entire issue is available as a pdf here.