Saul did not change his name to Paul with special guest Randy Richardsopen.spotify.com



Dr. Randy Richards is the retired Provost and Chief Academic Officer and is now the Research Professor of New Testament at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has authored several books and articles, including Inscriptions and Papyri in the forthcoming ALNTS series (with James Harrison) and Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes (with Richard James). Luke 12:20 is often translated something like, “Your soul will be required of you.” But the Greek verb is active and plural: “They will demand your soul from you.” Who or what is “they”?

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Dr. Randy Richards on Misreading Scripture Through Individualist Eyes
The Clarity Podcast

Dr. Randy Richards returns to the podcast today to continue our discussion on Misreading Scripture. This time we dive into his book and look at individualist and collectivist cultures and how they shape our perspective. Back Channel with Foth- aaron.santmyire@agwmafrica.org

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-clarity-podcast/id1498500888?i=1000599207359

Watch Dr. Richards at the Lanier Theological Library here:

Interview with Dr. David Capes

E. R. (“Randy”) Richards, Provost and Professor of New Testament at Palm Beach Atlantic University, joins David Capes on “The Stone Chapel Podcast” to talk about his book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes (written with Brandon J. O’Brien [IVP], 2012).

The book’s subtitle Is “Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.”

Dr. Richard’s life has been shaped by his experiences as a missionary in Indonesia. In those years he saw how he tended to read Scripture through a cultural lens vastly different from the world of the Bible.

This is not a book about bashing the West; no, Richards celebrates all the contributions the West has made to furthering the gospel. But he does want to alert us to the subtleties of “what goes without being said” in our culture and the Scriptures’.

He gives two examples: the first, from the Joseph story (Genesis) and second, from Paul’s admonition in 1 Timothy for women to dress “modestly.” What goes without being said, in both cases, differs from various cultures.

Now, any cultural reading could be off, and Dr. Richards admits that.  Someone, he says, should write a book “Misreading Scripture with Eastern Eyes.” This is an important book and a timely book. The Bible does not come from the Middle West but from the Middle East.

To hear the podcast (20 minutes) click here.


Misreading Paul: Podcast Series

Randy Richards and co-author Brandon O’Brien discuss how our cultural lenses can cause us to misinterpret the writings of the apostle Paul—and what to do about it.

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes:
Podcast Series

Randy Richards and co-author Brandon O’Brien maintain that living in a Western culture can put blinders on us that affect how we read the Bible. In this series of conversations, they help the hosts remove those blinders by shedding light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the Eastern cultural dynamics of the Bible.

David Capes, Rodney Reeves and I discuss why we decided to write Rediscovering Jesus (IVP, 2015).

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