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THE 205: Biblical Texts in Global Contexts (Lester): World In Front of the Text

What is the World in Front of the Text?

The World in Front of the Text considers how the interpretation of the text relates to the readers' social and cultural context. This perspective may also be referred to as biblical hermeneutics.

It includes:

  • sources that relate the biblical text to the modern reader
  • sources that describe how the Bible has been interpreted at different time periods, by varying social/cultural groups, etc. (e.g. medieval or feminist biblical commentaries)

Feminist Commentaries

Recommended Book-Length Commentary Series: Smyth & Helwys

Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

Connect to this search for all the Smyth & Helwys commentaries 

Then, enter the name of your book of the Bible in the search box



Search for Smyth Helwys Exodus limited to eBooks

Class Activity: Commentaries from Global/Diverse Perspectives

  1. Look up the commentary on Genesis 6: 1-7 in one of the commentaries below from global / diverse perspectives:
  2. Compare what you learn from this commentary to the commentary that your group found on the lower floor of the library.
  3. Enter something that you learned from one of the commentaries into the OneDrive document.

Global Commentaries

Online + Print:

Print only:

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