Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Exegete Locally; Interpret Globally!

(Professor Michael Willett Newheart, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at the Howard University School of Divinity, writes for NTSW)

Perhaps folks have heard the saying, "Think globally, act locally." For the NT scholar, one might paraphrase it: "Exegete locally, interpret globally." Yet I'm not even sure what that gets it. Any exegesis we do locally must be influenced by global perspectives. Facebook allows and encourages international dialogue. I know that I have much to learn about the New Testament from folks in India, China, South Africa, Indonesia, and all parts of the world. We are all myopic. We see from where we sit. How much better to sit at the table with brothers and sisters from all over the world to enjoy the fruits of the labor of all of us. Indeed, I think that the survival of the world depends on it!


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