Book Review: Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley


...I've decided to share Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulley, published by InterVarsity Press.
To be honest, I was pretty bothered by this title when I first saw it. I assure you, it wasn't because I don't like the Bible; neither was it because I don't like African Americans (don't cancel me yet)! At first glance the title seemed to be calling me to do that which, as a student of the Bible, I've tried so hard to avoid: impose a contemporary/modern lens over my reading of ancient scripture.
Isn't one of our chief responsibilities in Bible interpretation, the work of removing our modern biases/lenses in order to understand scripture as the original audience would have received it?
For me, Bible interpretation and racial reconciliation are topics of passion. I’m always seeking to improve at both. So, after internally "rolling my eyes" at this title, I ordered the book!
Watch the video to see how it turned out.

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Since 2009 Adam has trained and mobilized over 40 international evangelism teams and has equipped thousands in the areas of identity, hearing God and evangelism via seminars around the world. Adam has preached the gospel in city campaigns, universities, high schools and bamboo huts in remote villages, all with supernatural effect. Communicating with humor and fresh biblical insight, Adam is a unique prophetic evangelist who equips everyday Jesus-followers to live authentic, New Testament Christianity, discovering their highest joy in the Great Commandment and their unique assignment in the Great Commission.

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