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What does it mean to “read Romans with Eastern eyes”?
Combining research from Asian scholars with his many years of experience living and working in East Asia, Jackson directs our attention to Paul's letter to the Romans. He argues that some traditional East Asian cultural values are closer to those of the first-century biblical world than common Western cultural values. In addition, he adds his voice to the scholarship engaging the values of honor and shame in particular and their influence on biblical interpretation.
As readers, we bring our own cultural fluencies and values to the text. Our biases and backgrounds influence what we observe—and what we overlook. This book helps us consider ways we sometimes miss valuable insights because of widespread cultural blind spots.
InReading Romans with Eastern Eyes, Jackson demonstrates how paying attention to East Asian culture provides a helpful lens for interpreting Paul's most complex letter. When read this way, we see how honor and shame shape so much of Paul's message and mission.
Foreword by E. Randolph Richards Editor's Note Acknowledgments Introduction 1. How to Read with Eastern Eyes 2. Paul's Mission Frames His Message (Romans 1, 15) 3. Dishonoring God and Ourselves (Romans 1–3) 4. Distinguishing "Us" and "Them" (Romans 2–3) 5. Christ Saves God's Face (Romans 3) 6. Who Is Worthy of Honor? (Romans 4) 7. Faith in the Filial Christ (Romans 5–6) 8. The Hope of Glory Through Shame (Romans 5–8) 9. Shamed from Birth? (Romans 7) 10. They Will Not Be Put to Shame (Romans 9–11) 11. Honor One Another (Romans 12–13) 12. The Church as "Harmonious Society" (Romans 14–16) Discussion Guide Bibliography Author Index Subject Index Scripture Index
"How can I follow Jesus without forsaking my parents, my people, and my country? This question concerns everyone from the Californian surfer dude to the Harvard humanities professor.Reading Romans with Eastern Eyesis an impressive book that goes a long way in answering these universal questions. Jackson W. uses shame and honor to give us a far richer understanding of the message of Romans."
--- Sam Chan, City Bible Forum, Australia
"In this culturally sensitive and theologically insightful reading of Romans, Jackson W. invites us to consider the East Asian notion of 'face' as a key for unlocking the significance of the themes of honor and shame in Paul's epistle to the Romans. Through this contemporary conceptual analog, the author is able to guide the reader through the relational world that Paul took for granted and to illuminate how social capital affects various dimensions of this most important letter. Well researched and yet accessibly written,Reading Romans with Eastern Eyesis a useful and reliable resource for anyone interested in journeying into Romans by way of a culture closer to the apostle's own than that shared by many of us in the West today."
--- John K. Goodrich, associate professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute