Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor

Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor

by Crystal Hall


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Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor provides a spirited introduction to methodologies and strategies for reading the Bible "from below"—from the back of what used to be church sanctuaries, from basements, from sidewalks. Drawing on the lineage of various methods of reading the Bible with the poor, the book invites poverty and biblical study into dialogue with real-world organizing to seek justice for those most often treated as "Other." The reading process occurs among the intersections of the "hermeneutical triangle" of Reality, the Bible, and Community.

This book is for anyone curious about how to use the Bible as a resource for liberation. It is for faith leaders and community organizers, as much as it is for biblical scholars, because it draws on experiences at the intersections of academia, the Church and communities of organized struggle. It is written with an eye toward praxis, as the author shares from her own experience with the hope that space will be created for others to reflect on their own contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506402789
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Insights , #6
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Crystal L. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at United Lutheran Seminary. Her research and teaching focus on Bible and justice with the human Other alongside the call to justice with Earth as Other. Her book, From Cosmos to New Creation: A Call to Justice with Earth in Galatians is forthcoming.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi

Foreword xv

Introduction xvii

1 Ideological Groundings and Methodology 1

2 An Incinerator Comes to Naboth's Vineyard: 1 Kings 21:1-16 31

3 An Empty Tomb and Empty Homes: Mark 16:1-8 57

4 Facilitation and Methodology 89

Epilogue: An Invitation 105

Appendix: A Lenten Retreat Curriculum on Mark 16:1-8 109

Acknowledgments 123

Selected Bibliography 127

Subject Index 135

Scripture Index 137

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