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Global Perspectives on the New Testament, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Mark Roncace, Joseph Weaver

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Aug 8, 2013

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Present a genuinely diverse collection of short essays on specific New Testament texts.


The exciting first edition of Global Perspectives on the Bible, by Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver, is a diverse collection of writings emanating from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, political, economic, and religious locations. The book features 22 sets of essays on a specific New Testament text. This design creates a focused, dynamic “conversation” of perspectives. Readers will become more self-aware of their own context as they explore the Bible with a variety of other interpreters from around the world.


In addition to compiling fresh interpretations of biblical texts, the editors emphasize the fact that these perspectives are only a small part of the conversation, and they encourage readers to continue that conversation by developing and articulating their own views.


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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Engage successfully a variety of perspectives on the New Testament
  • Understand the contextual nature of biblical interpretation
  • Recognize factors that shape their own reading of the biblical literature
  • Assess and analyze different interpretations of the New Testament


Table of Contents

In this section:

1)   Brief Table of Contents

2)   Detailed Table of Contents




Chapter 1.  Birth of Jesus 

Chapter 2.  Sermon on the Mount 

Chapter 3.  Parables of Jesus (Part I) 

Chapter 4.  Parables of Jesus (Part II) 

Chapter 5.  Teachings of Jesus (Part I) 

Chapter 6.  Teachings of Jesus (Part II) 

Chapter 7.  Miracles of Jesus 

Chapter 8.  Gospel of John (Part I)

Chapter 9.  Gospel of John (Part II)

Chapter 10.  Crucifixion of Jesus

Chapter 11.  Resurrection of Jesus 

Chapter 12.  Acts (Part I)

Chapter 13.  Acts (Part II)

Chapter 14.  Romans

Chapter 15.  1 Corinthians

Chapter 16.  Galatians

Chapter 17.  Ephesians 

Chapter 18.  Philippians

Chapter 19.  1-2 Timothy and Titus

Chapter 20.  James

Chapter 21.  Revelation (Part I) 

Chapter 22.  Revelation (Part II) 




Chapter 1. Birth of Jesus

The Annunciation to Mary in the Qur’an

F. Volker Greifenhagen (Canada) 


Comparing the Birth Stories of Lord Lao and Jesus

Bede Benjamin Bidlack (United States) 

Herod’s Slaughter of the Children and Other Atrocities

Néstor O. Míguez (Argentina)


Reading Luke’s Christmas Story with Those in Haiti

Kent Annan (Haiti) 


Chapter 2. Sermon on the Mount

Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path and Jesus’ Beatitudes

Elizabeth West (United Kingdom)


The Beatitudes and the Accra Confession

Margaret Aymer (United States)


The Sermon on the Mount and Wealthy Christians in Indonesia

Batara Sihombing (Indonesia)


Reading Matthew 6 with Those in Tanzania

Sakari Häkkinen (Tanzania)


Chapter 3. Parables of Jesus (Part I)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan and Those in Need

James Wiseman (United States)


An Indian Reading of the Good Samaritan

M. Aravind Jeyakumar (India)


The Weeds and Wheat in Korean Christianity

Eunjoo Mary Kim (Korea) 


Marriage Practices in India and the Parable of the Ten Virgins

Surekha Nelavala (India) 


Chapter 4. Parables of Jesus (Part II)

The Laborers in the Vineyard and the Unemployed in South Africa

Gerald West and Sithembiso Zwane (South Africa) 


Reading the Parable of the Talents with Those in India

David Joy (India) 


A Queer Reading of the Parable of the Leaven

Robert E. Shore-Goss (United States)


A Confucian Perspective on the Parable of the Sower

Kurtis Hagen (United States)


Chapter 5. Teachings of Jesus (Part I)

Luke 4 and the African-American Bushwick Neighborhood

Josiah Young (United States)


Honoring Your Parents and Ancestors

Andrea K. Iskandar (China) 


The Widow’s Offering and Dalit Theology

Johnson Thomaskutty (India) 


Personal Reflections on the “Hybrid” Identity of the Phoenician Woman

Valerie Bridgeman (United States)


Chapter 6. Teachings of Jesus (Part II)

“A Knife Behind a Smile” in the Interaction Between Jesus and Jewish Leaders

Ken Chan (China)


The Metaphor of the Fruit Tree and the Concept of Character

Bjørn Stærk (Norway)


Ukraine, the United States, and the Rich Young Ruler

Vasyl Khokhla (Ukraine) 


The Rich Young Ruler in a Church in Argentina

Néstor O. Míguez (Argentina)


Chapter 7. Miracles of Jesus 

The Trouble with “Blind Faith”

Bjørn Stærk (Norway) 


Reading the “Calming of the Sea” with Those Who Are Suffering

Gerald West and Bongi Zengele (South Africa) 


A Comparison of Jesus’ Miracles in the Qur’an and the Gospels

F. Volker Greifenhagen (Canada)


Four Observations about Jesus’ Interaction with the Centurion

Róbert Jáger (Slovakia)


Chapter 8. Gospel of John (Part I)

The Good Shepherd as Inspiration for a Prison Minister

Bilal Ansari (United States) 


Jesus and John the Baptist in the Context of a Group-Oriented Society

Menghun Goh (Malaysia) 


A Mother’s Perspective on Birthing Imagery

Beth M. Stovell (United States)


A Reading of John 3:16

Shirley Phelps-Roper (United States) 


Chapter 9. Gospel of John (Part II)

The Samaritan Woman from a Jewish Perspective

Naomi Graetz (Israel)


The Image of the Vine in Serbian Agrarian Culture

G. Kevin Steger (Serbia) 


An Inclusivist Interpretation of John 14:6 through a Baha’i Lens

Michael Sours (United States)


The Maori concept of Mana and Doxa in John

Derek Tovey (New Zealand) 


Chapter 10. Crucifixion of Jesus

The Crucifixion from a Buddhist Perspective

T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (United States)


Dealing with Differences in the Crucifixion Narratives

Michael Shepherd (United States)


A Dalit Reading of the Cross

Joseph Prabhakar Dayam (India)


The Suffering of Jesus and Suffering in Africa

Anne Nasimiyu-Wasike (Uganda)


Chapter 11. Resurrection of Jesus

A Case for the Historicity of the Resurrection

Eric Foster and Mandy Foster (United States)


Questioning the Historicity of the Resurrection

Øyvind Strømmen (Norway)


Jesus’ Post-resurrection Meal and Filipino Hospitality

Marilou S. Ibita (Philippines)


A Queer Reading of the Emmaus Story in Luke 24

Robert E. Shore-Goss (United States)


Chapter 12. Acts (Part I)

Pentecost from the View of Immigrant Communities

Margaret Aymer (United States) 


Acts 2 and Revolutionary Christian Movements in the Black Diaspora

Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds (United States) 


The Unification Themes of Acts 2 and South African Apartheid

David T. Williams (South Africa) 


Five Thoughts on Theology and Practice in the Pentecostal Movement

Lee Roy Martin (United States) 


Chapter 13. Acts (Part II)

The Church in Acts and the United States

Jimmy Martin (United States)


Paul’s Shipwreck in the Context of World Literature

Andreas Kunz-Lübcke (Germany)


Cornelius and Peter as Models for Overcoming Tribalism

Priscille Djomhoué (Cameroon)


A Lesson from Paul on Interreligious Dialogue

Song-Chong Lee (South Korea)


Chapter 14. Romans

Anti-Judaism and Paul’s Theology in Romans

Fritz Voll (Canada) 


Paul’s Inclusion of the Gentiles and non-Christian Traditions

Erik Ranstrom (United States) 


Paul’s Identity and the People of Hong Kong

Xiaxia (Esther) Xue (Hong Kong) 


New Zealand’s Diversity and Paul’s Vision of Community

George Wieland (New Zealand) 


Chapter 15. 1 Corinthians

The “Body of Christ” and the LGBT Community

Mona West (United States)


Challenging the “Straight/Gay” Divide

Luis Menéndez (Spain)


Sexual and Marital Ethics in1 Corinthians 7

Alice Yafeh-Deigh (Cameroon)


Love and Evolutionary Biology in 1 Corinthians 13

Nicolette Emanuelle (United States)


Chapter 16. Galatians

The Confucian Analects and Galatians

K. K. Yeo (China)


The Judaizers and Western Christianity

Clifford Berger (United States, Ethiopia)


Mohammed and the False Gospel

Richard K. Min (Saudi Arabia)


Male Circumcision and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

David J. Downs, Lucas D. Fuunay, Mary L. Fuunay, Mary Mbago, Agrey Mwakisole, and Jennifer A. Downs (Tanzania)


Chapter 17. Ephesians

A Call for Koreans to Practice Right Relationships with God and Each Other

Johann D. Kim (Korea)


Ephesians 6:12 in an Ethiopian Context

Rich Hansen (Ethiopia)


The Supernatural in Ephesians and a Critique of Scientific Rationalism

J. Ayodeji Adewuya (United States)


Comparing Ephesians and the Confucian Vision of Peace

Te-Li Lau (United States)


Chapter 18. Philippians

“Jesus Exalted above All Others” and Interreligious Dialogue

Nicholas Alan Worssam (United Kingdom)


The Cosmic Being of Hinduism and the Christ of 2:6—8

John Shearer (India)


A Baha’i Perspective on the Humility of Christ

Daniel Grolin (Denmark)


Jesus’ Humility in Contrast to Today’s Self-Centeredness

Paula Roberts (United States)


Chapter 19. 1-2 Timothy and Titus

The Pastorals and Progressive-Liberalism

Luis Menéndez (Spain)


Women in the Pastorals and in Evangelical Churches in Argentina

Osvaldo D. Vena (Argentina)


Paul’s Relationship with Timothy

Janice P. De-Whyte (Canada)


“Faith and Family” for Paul and Immigrants in Puerto Rico

Roberto Martínez (Puerto Rico)


Chapter 20. James

Pastoral Reflections on the Wisdom of James

Jim West (United States)


James as a Manifesto of the Christian Left

Shane Akerman (United States)


Australian Ecology and the Book of James

Elizabeth Jakimow (Australia)


James and the Tahrir Square Protests

Giovanni Esti (Egypt)


Chapter 21. Revelation (Part I)

The Construction of Gender in Revelation

Shanell T. Smith (United States) 


A Goth Reading of Revelation 19—21

Beth M. Stovell (United States) 


Revelation as a Warning to Contemporary Churches

Brent Roper (United States) 


A Literal Reading of Revelation

Chris Griffin (United States)


Chapter 22. Revelation (Part II)

Interpreting Revelation in Illiterate Churches in Africa

Onesimus A. Ngundu (Zimbabwe)


Ukraine and the Vision of Utopia in Revelation

Vasyl Khokhla (Ukraine) 


A Critique of the Interpretation of Revelation in Haiti

Ronald Charles (Haiti) 


The “Lukewarm” Church and Christians in the Philippines

R. G. dela Cruz (Philippines)


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