Global Perspectives on the Old Testament, 1st edition

  • Mark Roncace
  • Joseph Weaver

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A revolutionary title for and by the global community


This exciting first edition of Global Perspectives on the Old Testament, edited by Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver, collects writings from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, political, economic, and religious settings. The book features 28 chapters, each comprised of four short, accessible essays on a specific biblical text. This design creates a focused, dynamic conversation of perspectives, which will in turn prompt engaging conversations in the classroom. Students will learn about themselves and their own particular context as they explore the ideas and contexts of other biblical interpreters from around the globe.


In addition to presenting truly fresh interpretations of the Old Testament—this is no predictable compendium of scholarly essays—the book features discussion questions at the end of each chapter, as well as many additional questions in the Instructor’s Resource Manual.




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Table of contents

In this section:

   1) Brief Table of Contents

   2) Detailed Table of Contents 



Chapter 1.  Genesis 1–3 (Part I) 

Chapter 2.  Genesis 1–3 (Part II) 

Chapter 3.  Genesis 12–21 

Chapter 4.  Genesis 22 

Chapter 5.  Genesis 25–33 

Chapter 6.  Genesis 37–50 

Chapter 7.  Exodus 1–15 

Chapter 8.  Exodus 20 

Chapter 9.  Leviticus

Chapter 10.  Deuteronomy 6, 10, 16, 24 

Chapter 11.  Joshua 1–11 

Chapter 12.  1 Samuel 16–2 Samuel 21 

Chapter 13.  Isaiah 40–55

Chapter 14.  Jeremiah

Chapter 15.  Ezekiel 1–24 

Chapter 16.  Jonah 

Chapter 17.  Micah 3, 6

Chapter 18.  Psalm 22, 23, 42, 148 

Chapter 19.  Psalm 137

Chapter 20.  Proverbs 31 

Chapter 21.  Job 

Chapter 22.  Song of Songs

Chapter 23.  Ruth 

Chapter 24.  Lamentations 

Chapter 25.  Ecclesiastes

Chapter 26.  Esther

Chapter 27.  Daniel

Chapter 28.  Ezra and Nehemiah




Chapter 1. Genesis 1–3 (Part I) 

Chinese and Biblical Creation Myths

Sonia Kwok Wong (China)


The Purusa-Sukta Compared to Biblical Texts

M. Aravind Jeyakumar (India) 


The Concept of Human Community in African Creation Stories

David T. Williams (South Africa) 


Six Differences between Two Creation Stories in Genesis

Meir Bar-Ilan (Israel) 


Chapter 2. Genesis 1–3 (Part II)

Theism, Evolution, and Reading Genesis

Patrick Gray (United States) 


A Literal Reading of Genesis

Keith Megilligan (United States)


Genesis and the Treatment of the Natural World

Jonathan Merritt (United States) 


Animals and Our Relationship to Them

Phillip Sherman (United States) 


Chapter 3. Genesis 12–21

Life in India and Abraham’s Trials

K. B. Georgekutty (India) 


Raimundo Panikkar’s Interpretation of Melchizedek in Genesis 14

Erik Ranstrom (United States)


An “Ethnic Minority” Interpretation of Hagar and Ishmael

Janice P. De-Whyte (Ghana, England) 


Sodom and Gomorrah and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Roland Boer (Australia) 


Chapter 4. Genesis 22 

Genesis 22 and Conflict in the Middle East

Clare Amos (Lebanon) 


A Comparison of Genesis 22 to the Qur’an

F. Volker Greifenhagen (Canada) 


A Personal Reflection on the Sacrifice of a Son

Shira Salamone (United States)


Five Explanations for the Inclusion of Genesis 22 in Scripture

Christo Lombaard (South Africa) 


Chapter 5. Genesis 25–33 

A Jewish Feminist Reflection on Rebekah

Arlette Poland (United States) 


God’s Treatment of Esau

Shirley Phelps-Roper (United States) 


Leah and the Challenges of Women in Polygynous Partnership

Madipoane Masenya (South Africa) 


A Spiritual Reflection on the Life of Jacob

Clarence Mitchell (United States)


Chapter 6. Genesis 37–50 

Forgiveness in the Joseph Narrative

Eric A. Seibert (United States) 


Joseph’s Actions and Economic Theory

Wayne Tarrant (United States) 


An LGBT Reading of Genesis 37–50

Mona West (United States) 


A Personal Conversation with Joseph

Francis G. H. Pang (Hong Kong, Canada) 


Chapter 7. Exodus 1–15

Two Aspects of Exodus through a Buddhist Lens

Vanessa R. Sasson (Canada)


The Divine Name and Kitaro Nishida’s Concept of God

Eiko Hanaoka (-Kawamura) (Japan) 


The Exodus Story as Historical Fiction

Megan Bishop Moore (United States) 


A Liberationist Reading of the Exodus Story

Gilbert Lozano (Brazil) 


Chapter 8. Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments in an African-American Community

Febbie C. Dickerson (United States) 


The Ten Commandments and the Separation of Church and State

Jonathan Redding (United States) 


Confucius and the Fifth Commandment

Maggie Low (Singapore) 


The Ten Commandments in Greenland

Flemming A. J. Nielsen (Greenland) 


Chapter 9. Leviticus

Female Purity in Leviticus and India

Surekha Nelavala (India)


Necromancy in Africa

Onesimus A. Ngundu (Zimbabwe)


Slavery in Levitical Law and Black Liberation Theology

Josiah U. Young III (United States)


The Tao Te Ching and the Relevance of Leviticus

Michael Shepherd (China)


Chapter 10. Deuteronomy 6, 10, 16, 24

Korean Celebrations and Exhortations in Deuteronomy

Heewon Chung (South Korea)


Deuteronomy and Chinese Christians Living in Indonesia

Andrea K. Iskandar (Indonesia) 


Deuteronomy as a Lesson on How to Treat the Oppressed

Song-Chong Lee (South Korea) 


Deuteronomy as a Blueprint for Social Justice

Santiago Slabodsky (Argentina) 


Chapter 11. Joshua 1–11

Reading Joshua as a Canaanite

Royce M. Victor (India)


Four Strategies for Reading Joshua Nonviolently

Eric A. Seibert (United States) 


A Defense of God

Stanley V. Udd (United States)


God as an Egotistical Deity

Maria Vlashchenko (Russia) 


Chapter 12. 1 Samuel 16–2 Samuel 21

The David Stories and a Life of Reckless Abandon

Seth Boulton (United States) 


Four Interpretations of the David–Jonathan Relationship

James N. Pohlig (West Africa)


The Woman of 2 Samuel 20 and Abigail as Peacemakers

Andreas Kunz-Lübcke (Germany)


The Inspiration of Rizpah’s Courageous Helplessness

Valerie Bridgeman (United States)


Chapter 13. Isaiah 40–55 

Words of Hope for Contemporary Exiles in South and Central America

Gilbert Lozano (Colombia)


Fear of the Future among Igorot Tribes of the Philippines

R. G. dela Cruz (Philippines)


Isaiah as Resistance Literature

Rubertha Taylor (United States)


The Myth of Baliraja and the Servant Figure in Isaiah

Rajkumar Boaz Johnson (India) 


Chapter 14. Jeremiah

Egypt in the book of Jeremiah

Safwat Adel Marzouk (Egypt)


Jeremiah and the Caste System

Varaprasad Gosala (India)


The Troubling Theology of Jeremiah Tim Bulkeley (New Zealand)


Jeremiah’s Confessions and My Own Pilgrimage

Jim West (United States)


Chapter 15. Ezekiel

“Doom and Gloom” in Ezekiel and Today’s News Networks

John Fink (United States) 


God’s Mistreatment of Female Jerusalem in Ezekiel 16

Aaron Koller (United States) 


Ezekiel 16 as Hope and Warning for Orphans in Bulgaria

Elizabeth A. Steger (Bulgaria) 


Reading Ezekiel 16 and 23 in the Red Light District

Brenda Kronemeijer-Heyink (Netherlands)


Chapter 16. Jonah

Jonah as Missionary

Jonathan Seitz (Taiwan) 


Jonah and the Ocean

NaÉsili Vaka’uta (Tonga) 


Jonah and the Challenges and Contradictions of Buenos Aires

Mariel Pons (Argentina)


Jonah as a Book of Surprises and Reversals

Jione Havea (Australia) 


Chapter 17. Micah 3, 6 

Micah 3 as a Warning to Greedy Preachers in Korea

Hyung Won Lee (South Korea) 


A Jewish Lesbian Interpretation of Micah 6:8

Rebecca T. Alpert (United States)


Micah and Hope for Toronto’s Poor

Shannon E. Baines (Canada)


“The Image of Limited Good” and Micah

James N. Pohlig (Nigeria, Mexico)


Chapter 18. Psalm 22, 23, 42, 148

Psalm 22 as an African Spell

Zacharias Kotzé (South Africa) 


Psalm 23 and West African Shepherds

Danielle Smith (Senegal)


Psalm 42 and Anorexia

Amy Lambert (United States) 


Psalm 148 and the Native American View of Animals

David Aftandilian (United States) 


Chapter 19. Psalm 137

Psalm 137 and the Bahamas

Fiona C. Black (Bahamas) 


“Rivers of Babylon” and the Torture of Detainees in Abu Ghraib

Erin Runions (United States) 


The Violence of Psalm 137 and 9/11

James Mackay (United States) 


Righteousness and Hatred in Psalm 137

Maria Vlashchenko (Russia) 


Chapter 20. Proverbs 31 

Aspiring to Be the Woman of Proverbs 31

Melanie Chitwood (United States) 


Reading Proverbs 31 Suspiciously

Athalya Brenner (The Netherlands, Israel)


Pandita Ramabai’s Translation and Use of Proverbs 31

Rajkumar Boaz Johnson (India) 


“Praise of Lady Yum,” Proverbs 31, and a Challenge to Patriarchy

Heewon Chung (South Korea)


Chapter 21. Job

An African-South African Woman’s Perspective on Job 3

Madipoane Masenya (South Africa) 


Reading Job 3 and 42 with People Living with HIV

Gerald West (South Africa)


Job’s Critique of a Theology of Prosperity in Latin America

Gilbert Lozano (Brazil) 


The Troubling Theology of Job and its Place in Contemporary Life

Jonathan Redding (United States) 


Chapter 22. Song of Songs

Comparing the Song to Literature and Film in India

Monica J. Melanchthon (India) 


Hearing the Song as a Secular Cultural Product

Athalya Brenner (Israel)


The Song as Jesus’ Personal Love Notes

Lynn Cowell (United States) 


The Song as a Censored Allegory

Roland Boer (Australia) 


Chapter 23. Ruth

Ruth and Naomi in a Joint Family System

Surekha Nelavala (India)


Ruth as a Marriage Migrant

Yani Yoo (South Korea) 


Ruth’s Relevance to the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Comea M. Walthall (United States)


Ruth as Ideal Surrogate Mother

Francis G. H. Pang (Hong Kong) 


Chapter 24. Lamentations 

Lamentations and Minjung Theology of Han

Yeong Mee Lee (South Korea) 


Lamentations and the Form and Function of Dalit Poetry

Monica J. Melanchthon (India) 


The Theological Difficulties of God’s Destruction of Jerusalem

Ulrich Berges (Germany)


The Depiction of Jerusalem as an Unprotected Widow

Naomi Graetz (Israel)


Chapter 25. Ecclesiastes

The Concept of Time in Ecclesiastes and Chinese Literature

Menghun Goh (China)


Ecclesiastes 3 in Africana Communities

Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds (Democratic Republic of the Congo)


Qoheleth and the Buddha

Nicholas Alan Worssam (United Kingdom)


The Preacher and One’s Own “Text-of-Life”

Barbara Mei Leung Lai (Canada)


Chapter 26. Esther

Reading Esther as an African American Woman

Yolanda M. Norton (United States)


A Masculine Reading of the Book of Esther

Tim Bulkeley (New Zealand)


Lessons from Esther for Christians in Egypt

Safwat Adel Marzouk (Egypt)


The God of Esther and Christianity in China

Ken Chan (China)


Chapter 27. Daniel

Daniel in Babylon as an Example for Christians in New Zealand

George Wieland (New Zealand)


Daniel’s Diet and Vegetarianism

Melanie F. Boyter (United States)


Daniel’s Prophecy of Christ’s Future, Eternal Kingdom

Jon Franklin (United States)


Daniel and the Baha’i Faith

Daniel Grolin (Denmark)


Chapter 28. Ezra and Nehemiah 

Asian North American Women and the Banishment of Foreign Wives

Grace Ji-Sun Kim (United States) 


Intermarriage in Ezra-Nehemiah, Africa, and Christianity

Onesimus A. Ngundu (Zimbabwe)


A Cuban Reflection on the Biblical Experience of Exile

Franco Valdes (Cuba, United States)


Personal Thoughts on the Identity Crisis of Biblical Exiles

Danielle Smith (Senegal, United States)  

Published by Pearson (July 31st 2013) - Copyright © 2014