5 Theology Books from the Global Church
Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes
Palestinian theologian Yohanna Katanacho describes Jesus as "shaped by first-century Judaism" but also as one who "redefined" much of what it meant to be Jewish. Katanacho's commentary on John unpacks the implications of Jesus inhabiting this identity when it comes to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and the salvation of the world.
Kenyan New Testament scholar Elizabeth Mburu encourages African Christians and those ministering in an African context to explore Hebrew poetic parallelism and Paul's letters through symbols rooted in her culture. She imagines four legs of a stool as the foundations for biblical interpretation: a text's parallels to the African context, its theological context, its literary context, and its historical and cultural context.
The Wayfarer : Perspectives on Forced Migration and Transformational Community Development
Barnabe Anzuruni Msabah
A refugee himself, Barnabe Anzuruni Msabah believes that forced migration is a central theme of Scripture. He's interested in how it has tested and refined people's faith and how Jesus models for his followers how to care for the marginalized. His descriptions of the current struggles of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi remind readers of the urgency of his message.
Enabling Hearts: A Primer for Disability-Inclusive Churches
Edited by Leow Wen Pin
Singaporean Christian disability activist Leow Wen Pin edits this anthology of essays that challenge churches to consider whether their physical spaces, legal policies, and language from the pulpit truly welcome people with disabilities. The book also calls on church leaders to address their own ignorance; for example, one writer recounts a situation in which a priest wrongly assumed an individual with cerebral palsy was drunk.
The Plot of Salvation : Divine Presence, Human Vocation, and Cosmic Redemption
Bernardo Cho, a second-generation Korean Brazilian scholar, wants believers to know that God's plan for salvation exists to redeem all of creation and that the God of the Old and New Testaments is one. Translated from Portuguese, his work presents a cohesive theology of salvation throughout Scripture and rebuts theological falsehoods that circulate among his country's Christians (and likely beyond).
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