Global Perspectives on reading the Bible – Call for contributors

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I have read the Bible professionally, and encouraged and taught others to read it, in three continents. The situations differed, including an African and a Western University, a Baptist theological college and a Bible School in a refugee camp. I have also supervised some exciting theses that develop interesting perspectives on understanding the Bible. So I am delighted to be participating in a project Global Perspectives on the Old Testament and Global Perspectives on the New Testament, I’ll be writing on Gender-bending as a male reader of Esther and on Jeremiah, possibly taking account of my current context (fencing a piggery and building a pig house ;)

Mark is looking for more contributors, so please read the Call for Contributions below, and think about writing something, or at least repost it on your blog and so share in an interesting project :)

Mark Roncace is seeking contributors for two volumes, Global Perspectives on the Old Testament and Global Perspectives on the New Testament. Pearson Prentice Hall is publishing Global Perspectives on the Bible this year. Next, separate OT and NT volumes, also to be published by Prentice Hall, will be produced. Both books will feature much of the same material as the original Bible volume, but with added essays.

The books—designed as entry level college textbooks—gather four different essays around one biblical text. The essays are brief (about 1,000 words and need not be “scholarly”) and articulate insights from a particular geographical, social, cultural, economic, religious, or ideological context/location. Here is the list of texts/books for which he need essays.

  • Genesis 6-9
  • Numbers 22-24
  • Leviticus
  • Judges
  • 1-2 Kings
  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel 1-25
  • Esther
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Daniel
  • Crucifixion narratives
  • Acts (other than chapter 2)
  • Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • 1-2 Thessalonians
  • James
  • Pastorals (1-2 Timothy, Titus)
  • 1-3 John
  • 1-2 Peter

Please let Mark know if you are interested ( in writing an essay on one (or two) of these texts and he will forward specific guidelines and a sample. In addition to scholars, Mark is particularly interested in gathering perspectives from non-professional readers. He is trying to run on a tight schedule: final OT essays are due April 1 and final NT essays are due June 1 (but remember they are only about 1,000 words).

5 comments on “Global Perspectives on reading the Bible – Call for contributors

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  2. Michael Shepherd

    This sounds like an exciting project. We are working on a similar project, only online at I would like to connect with you and see how we may be able to partner. My contact information is in my header.


    Michael Shepherd, MS

  3. tim

    Hi Michael, I looked at your site, it’s an interesting idea, one I’ll explore more when I have more time… i’m nothing to do with organising the book project I mentioned, I’ve just committed to writing a couple of pieces, so you have to contact them directly. I suspect though what you should really do is to write to some people at theological teaching institutions in Africa etc. and ask them for short contributions, with a view to a book as well as a website, so that they can get academic credit. When I was in Africa in the 80s that was already important there…

  4. Michael Shepherd

    Thanks, Tim. I emailed Mark Roncace directly so we’ve closed the loop. Thanks for forwarding the information!

  5. David Joy

    All the very best for this important project