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Reading the Bible from the Margins

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This introduction to reading and understanding the Bible focuses on perspectives that are often ignored. Here, emphasis is placed on how issues involving race, class, and gender influence our understanding of the Bible.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 21st 2002 by Orbis Books (first published March 2002)
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Jeremy Zimmerman
Nov 13, 2012 Jeremy Zimmerman rated it liked it
Quite an interesting book. This book was the common reading for the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus in the fall 2012 semester, and as a part of our learning, the author actually came to our house and gave a lecture, as well as did a Q&A session. It was very fascinating to see people from various theological backgrounds interact with both the text and the author. I would say that I am a little more theologically liberal than most, so for me, this book was nothing particularly new or shock ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Connie rated it it was amazing
Years ago I remember yearning to read the Bible with an understanding different from my white middle class US eyes. This book has cracked open that yearning just a wee bit. De La Torre, a Cuban immigrant living in Florida, gives us some idea of what certain passages mean to those who live in the margins and it's very different than the interpretation that I give them. I was especially moved by his chapter on a Latino Jesus, a Black Jesus, as female Jesus and a gay Jesus, since, in the author's o ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ministries who serve the public "in need" or serve in the Urban Ministries
This is an interesting read. De La Torre raises questions that challenge his readers to re-examine maintream thought. He provides transparency to what may commonly be invisible in connection with the "poor and outcasts" of society. He confronts the question, "what is discrimination?" Miguel's exegesis on the biblical text is awakening for the Modern Day Christian and too real to be ignored by any person working in the faith and love of God.
Sep 21, 2011 Jacinda rated it liked it
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I don't think I'm quite the target audience for this book; it comes from a course for conservative Midwestern Christians who think there's only one "right" interpretation of any given Bible passage. That said, many of the perspectives discussed are interesting and new to me. The author sometimes tries to back up his statements with reasoning/logic, and this is where the book feels weakest -- unsurprisingly, it's hard to have airtight logic around the interpretation of religious texts.

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Jun 23, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like the author's point and it is a very valid point...but the point became belabored and lost some of its interest, potency, necessity by the end of the book.
Rachael Estabrook
A fantastic book that I greatly enjoyed reading and was a eye opening book. It brings to light our biases and demands that we change the way we view our interpretations. I would highly recommend this book.
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De La Torre received a Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Temple University in social ethics. The focus of his academic pursuit has been ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specializes in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, L ...more
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