Text and Context

Vernacular Approaches to the Bible in Global Christianity

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Melanie Baffes
Contrapuntal Readings of the Bible in World Christianity
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , October
     276 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


As biblical hermeneutics moves increasingly toward the inclusion of vernacular approaches to the text—understandings of the Bible based on culture, context, and human experience—many communities of faith around the world are contributing their voices to the conversation of global Christianity. This volume explores reading methods and text interpretations of believers in South Africa, the Caribbean, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, India, Kenya, Fiji, Japan, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Nigeria—revealing the ways various faith communities read the Bible contextually. Essays in this volume also illustrate the impact of the biblical text in people’s lives—on their understandings of oppression, identity, the plight of refugees, decline and loss, the relationship between church and society, imperialism, homelessness, restorative justice, bodily experiences of the Holy Spirit, and time and the future. Together, these writings provide an in-depth sense of how global Christians read the Bible through the lens of their own tradition or culture, as well as how the Bible informs all aspects of their lives as they read the world biblically.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Melanie Baffes is a writer and independent biblical scholar. She is the author of Love, Loss, and Abjection (Pickwick Publications, 2016), coauthor of Research and Writing in the Seminary (2014), and coeditor of Nation and World, Church and God (2014).



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