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The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Publisher’s Foreword
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements

Part I. The Bible In Cross-cultural Perspective

  • Introduction
  • 1. Cross-cultural Perspective
  • 2. Biblical Cultures and The Bible

Part II. The Universe: Physical and Metaphysical

  • Introduction
  • 3. The Heavens and The Earth
  • 4. The Afterlife
  • 5. The Old Testament Spirit World
  • 6. The New Testament Spirit World

Part III. God and the Sacred

  • Introduction
  • 7. God And Gods In World Cultures
  • 8. The God Concept In The Bible
  • 9. Images Of God: Male, Female or Both
  • 10. God Speaks, Prophets Prophesy
  • 11. Spirit Possession and Exorcism: An African View
  • 12. Spirit Possession and Exorcism: Comparison of Views
  • 13. Impersonal Power: Holiness, Taboo, Magic, Divination

Part IV. The Significance of Names

  • Introduction
  • 14. The Names of People and Places
  • 15. Some Names For God: A Cultural Tension
  • 16. Cultural Bias In Translating God’s Names

Part V. Some Implications of Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Introduction
  • 17. Culture Change: The Case of Biblical Marriage
  • 18. The Shifting God(s) of Western Christianity
  • 19. Looking at Demon Possession From Within Western Categories
  • 20. The Bible In My Life


  • Appendix A. Abbreviations
  • Appendix B. Pseudepigrapha
  • Appendix C. God’s Names in European Translations
  • Bibliography


  • Index of References to Ancient Documents
  • Index of Subjects
  • Biography of Author

Format: Paperback
by: Jacob Loewen (Author)
Some Questions are Universal.
Where did I come from? What happens when I die? Am I important? Across the world, these questions are answered in a vast range of ways, shaped by our worldview, and our specific cultural context. Cross-cultural workers, seeking to engage people at the point of these questions, can offer a rich dialogue between cultural assumptions and biblical truth, but only if they can reach into the cultural framework underlying a particular context.

The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective explores this cultural framework, tackling different aspects of the “Biblical worldview’s” interaction with both “Western/secular” and a “traditional/animist” worldviews. With topics ranging from the physical and metaphysical perception of the universe, to the significance of names, Loewen unpacks cultural construction in all of it’s layered complexity, allowing us to visualize where the Gospel will interact with people’s beliefs, regardless of their context.

Jacob Loewen, the author of Culture and Human Values, draws on multiple years of experience—across several continents—as a field missionary, anthropologist, linguist, Bible translator, and missions researcher. The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective, originally published in 2000, is Loewen’s culminating work in missionary anthropology and it remains a useful and relevant work today.

Additional Details

  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: William Carey Library
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2000, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781645083030
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing