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Reading the Bible in the Non-Western World


Bird, Phyllis, ed. Reading the Bible as Women: Perspectives from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Semeia 78 (1997).

Gottwald, Norman & Richard Horsley, eds. The Bible and Liberation: Political and Social Hermeneutics. (Revised edition) Maryknoll: Orbis, 1993.

Pobee, John S. & Barbel Wartenberg-Potter, eds. New Eyes for Reading: Biblical and theological reflections from the third world. Quezon City, Philippines: Claretian Publications, 1986.

Pope-Levison, John R. & Priscilla Pope-Levison, eds. Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible. Louisville: Westminster John Know Press, 1999.

Segovia, Fernando & Mary Ann Tolbert, eds. Reading the Bible from this Place, Volume 2: Social Location and Biblical Interpretation in Global Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.

Smith-Christopher, Daniel, ed. Text and Experience: Towards a Cultural Exegesis of the Bible. The Biblical Seminar, 35; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Sugirtharajah, R.S., ed. The Postcolonial Bible. The Bible and Postcolonialism, 1; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

Idem, ed. Vernacular Hermeneutics. The Bible and Postcolonialism, 2; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.

Idem, ed. Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. [two editions] Maryknoll: Orbis, 1991 & 1995.

Cf. various issues of the journal Biblical Interpretation.


Adamo, David Tuesday. Africa and Africans in the Old Testament. San Francisco: Christian Universities Press, 1998.

Getui, Mary, Knut Holter & Victor Zinkuratire, eds. Interpreting the Old Testament in Africa: Papers from the International Symposium on Africa and the Old Testament in Nairobi, Kenya, October 1999. Bible & Theology in Africa, 2. New York: Peter Lang, 2001.

Holter, Knut. Yahweh in Africa: Essays on Africa and the Old Testament. Bible and Theology in Africa, 1. NY: Peter Lang, 2000.

Kinoti, Hannah & John Waliggo, eds. The Bible in African Christianity: Essays in Biblical Theology. Nairobi: Acton, 1997.

LeMarquand, Grant. "A Bibliography of the Bible in Africa." Pages 633-800 in The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories and Trends. Edited by Gerald O. West & Musa Dube. Leiden: Brill, 2000. [cf. idem, "A Bibliography of the Bible in Africa: a preliminary publication" Bulletin for Contextual Theology 2/2 (1995): 6-40; idem. "Bibliography of the Bible in Africa" Journal of Inculturation Theology 2/1 1995 : 39-139.]

Idem. "'And the rulers of the nations shall bring their treasures into it': Biblical Exegesis in Africa"

Idem. "The Historical Jesus and African New Testament Scholarship." Pages 161-80 in Whose Historical Jesus? Edited by Michel Desjardins & William Arnal. Studies in Christianity and Judaism, 7; Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier.

Mbiti, John S. Bible and Theology in African Christianity. Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Mosala, Itumeleng. Biblical Hermeneutics and Black Theology in South Africa. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.

Sanneh, Lamin. Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1992.

Schaff, Ype. On Their Way Rejoicing: The History and Role of the Bible in Africa. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1994 .

West, Gerald. Biblical Hermeneutics of Liberation: Modes of Reading the Bible in the South African Context. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 1991.

West, Gerald & Musa Dube, eds. "Reading With": African Overtures. Semeia 73 (1996).

West, Gerald O. & Musa W. Dube, eds. The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories and Trends. Leiden: Brill, 2000.


Ariarajah, S. Wesley. The Bible and People of Other Faiths. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1994.

Kinukawa, Hisako. Women and Jesus in Mark: A Japanese Feminist Perspective. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1994.

Pui-Lan, Kwok. Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1995.

Samartha, S.J. The Search for New Hermeneutics in Asian Christian Theology. Madras: CLS, 1987.

Soares-Prabhu, George M. "The Historical-Critical Method: Reflections on its Relevance for the Study of the Gospels in India Today," in Theologizing in India. Edited by M. Amaladoss, G. Gispert-Sauch & T.K. John. Bangalore: Theological Publications in India, 1981.

Sugirtharajah, R.S. ed. Commitment, Context and Text: Examples of Asian Interpretation. Biblical Interpretation 2/3 (1994).

Latin America

Cardenal, Ernesto. The Gospel in Solentiname. 4 vols. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1982

Carroll, Mark Daniel. Contexts for Amos: Prophetic Poetics in Latin American Perspective. JSOTsup, 132. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1992.

Croatto, J. Severino. Biblical Hermeneutics: toward a theory of reading as the production of meaning. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1995.

Pallares, José Cáradenas. A Poor Man Called Jesus: Reflections on the Gospel of Mark. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1982.

Richard, Pablo. Apocalypse: A people's Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1995.

Segovia, Fernando F. Decolonizing Biblical Studies: A View from the Margins. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2000.

Segundo, J.L. The Historical Jesus of the Synoptics. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1985.

Tamez, Elsa. Amnesty of Grace: Justification by Faith From a Latin American Perspective. Nashville: Parthenon, 1993.

Idem. Bible of the Oppressed. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1982.

Vaage, Leif, ed. Subversive Scriptures: Revolutionary Readings of the Christian Bible in Latin America. Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 1997


Felder, Cane Hope, ed. Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.

Felder, Cane Hope. Troubling Biblical Waters: Race, Class, and Family. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1990.

Wimbush, Vincent, ed. [with Rosamund Rodman]. African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures. NY/London: Continuum, 2000.

Native American (First Nations)

Peelman, Achiel. Christ is a Native American. Maryknoll: Orbis / Ottawa: Novalis, 1995.