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The Bible and Asian Culture: Reading the Word of God in Its Cultural Background and in the Vietnamese Context
Nguyen, Dinh Anh Nhue, editor

Rome: Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2015 pp. 256. Ä25.00

Series Information
Bible in Dialogue, 6


Description: This collective study, directed and edited by Nguyen Dinh Anh Nhue in collaboration with Tran Thi Ly and Jb Pham Quy Trong, brings together their three contributions examining various aspects of (re) reading the Bible in an Asian Cultural context, specifically that of Vietnam. The first contribution studies a speech imparting wisdom from a father to his son in the book of Proverbs (Prov 23:15-28) from an intercultural Ancient Near Eastern and Vietnamese perspective. The second work explores the language of love of the Song of Songs and compares it with that of the Vietnamese literary tradition. The third study examines the possibility of inculturating the image of Jesus as the Son of God in the cultural context of Vietnam. The present work, adijdged to be included amongst the winners of the inaugural Carlo Maria Martini International Award (2013-2014), opens up new horizons of research for a more fruitful dialogue between the Word of God in the Bible and the Vietnamense culture as well as the broader Asian cultural tradition. It launches the research of the newly founded Franciscan Institute for Asian Theological Studies in Rome.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Postcolonial Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Jione Havea
Published 7/20/2017
Citation: Jione Havea, review of Dinh Anh Nhue Nguyen, ed., The Bible and Asian Culture: Reading the Word of God in Its Cultural Background and in the Vietnamese Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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