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A Thousand and One Rewrites

Translating Modernity in the Arabian Nights

Nazry Bahrawi

the realm of cross-cultural hermeneutics as this has been theorised by Zhang Longxi. How would this adjustment matter? While both acts are prefigured in the process of cultural translation, rereading sees the translator engage closely with the original text in search of novel meanings and fresh

Bradford McCall

Book Reviews / Mission Studies 27 (2010) 91–138 93 Border Crossings: Cross-Cultural Hermeneutics. Edited by D. N. Premnath. Maryknoll, New York, US 2007. Pp. viii +179. $40.00. Everyday Th eology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends . Edited by Kevin J. Van- hoozer, Charles A

Chinese Thought in a Global Context

A Dialogue Between Chinese and Western Philosophical Approaches


Edited by Karl-Heinz Pohl

How do Chinese and Western philosophical traditions interact today? In the underlying collection of articles both Chinese and Western scholars carefully examine the issue, one of fundamental importance for the mutual understanding of China and the West. The volume is the result of a symposium which sought to initiate a dialogue between China and the West on questions ranging from philosophy to politics and aesthetics.

The papers deal with various topics of cross-cultural hermeneutics, such as differences between Chinese and Western concepts of man’s relation to the universe, human rights, self and community, good and evil, and beauty. In some of the contributions attempts are made to adapt the Chinese philosophical inheritance to the modern or post-modern condition. A useful reference for all those - historians of ideas, political scientists, and China watchers alike - who want to understand the dynamics of the cultural flow between East and West and the significance of Chinese thought in a global context.


Kevin M. DeLapp

Analyses of the ways in which cultural differences are expressed have tended to focus on instances in which one culture responds to an object culture with which it is contemporary. Although this model of cross-cultural dialogue is fraught with hermeneutic challenges, the object culture may at least in principle check and balance mischaracterisations of itself because it inhabits the same time and is able therefore to ‘talk back.’ However useful this model is for understanding synchronous cultural conversations, it is inapplicable to asynchronous encounters in which the object culture is from another era. The goal of this chapter is to explore certain limitations of two prominent models of cross-cultural hermeneutics: John Rawls’ reflective equilibrium and Edward Said’s Orientalism. Using Europe’s encounter with ancient Egypt during the Napoleonic era as an example, I argue that these frameworks both fail to adequately represent the unique dimensions of the encounter, particularly the feminisation that was projected onto Egyptian society. To accommodate the specifics of such an encounter, I expand and deploy Thomas Kasulis’ recent account of cross-cultural differences as stemming from the conceptual orientations he calls ‘intimacy’ and ‘integrity.’

Rhetorical Interaction in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10

A Formal Analysis with Preliminary Suggestions for a Chinese, Cross-Cultural Hermeneutic



Rhetorical Interaction in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10 is a formal analysis of Paul's rhetorical interaction with the Corinthians over the issues of participation in the cultic meal (1 Cor. 10:1-22) and the eating of idol food (1 Cor. 8:1-13, 10:23-11:1). The thesis is that Paul's theology and rhetoric are predicated on knowledge and love.
Major portions of the book employ rhetorical, sociological, archaeological, and historical-critical approaches to examine the triangular interaction between Paul, the Corinthians, and the biblical texts, paying particular attention to the complex configuration of the Corinthian congregation, including the influence of proto-Gnosticism, as well as the ways Paul responded to the shifting situation and different issues.
The two chapters on rhetorical-hermeneutical theory and criticism are especially creative as the author suggests a Chinese hermeneutic for cross-cultural dialogues, the issue of ancestor worship being a specific example.

Abraham as Spiritual Ancestor

A Postcolonial Zimbabwean Reading of Romans 4


Israel Kamudzandu

New Testament commentaries and exegetes have not paid sufficient attention to the context in which Paul's Epistel to the Romans was crafted. This book written from an African perspective offers a fresh interpretation on a contextualizing reading of Romans and its theology. The argument of the book is that Paul's construcntion of Abraham as a Spiritual ancestor of "all" faith people was based on his encounter with the Roman Ideology based on Aeneas as the founder of Rome. A juxtaposition of these two canonical ancestors needs to be considered in our 21st multi - ethnic Christian world. Paul's epitsle is not about how God saves the individual human being; rather the debate between Paul and the Jewish - Christian interlocutor is about how families of people and nations establish a kinship with God and one another. The concern with ancestors is apaque to Western Biblical readers and Christians. This is book helps both Westerners and Africans to value ethnic diversity.

Interpretation and Its Objects

Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz


Edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

This volume collects twenty-one original essays that discuss Michael Krausz’s distinctive and provocative contribution to the theory of interpretation. At the beginning of the book Krausz offers a synoptic review of his central claims, and he concludes with a substantive essay that replies to scholars from the United States, England, Germany, India, Japan, and Australia. Krausz’s philosophical work centers around a distinction that divides interpreters of cultural achievements into two groups. Singularists assume that for any object of interpretation only one single admissible interpretation can exist. Multiplists assume that for some objects of interpretation more than one interpretation is admissible. A central question concerns the ontological entanglements involved in interpretive activity. Domains of application include works of art and music, as well as literary, historical, legal and religious texts. Further topics include truth commissions, ethnocentrism and interpretations across cultures.

Third World debt crisis, poverty and the ecological crisis. T h e central issue in Part II elaborates on problems regarding incultu- ration and dialogue. H e r e we find some o f Wilfred's most penetrating articles. Especially his efforts to c o m e to a cross-cultural hermeneutics a r e stimulating

Contested Spaces, Common Ground

Space and Power Structures in Contemporary Multireligious Societies


Edited by Ulrich Winkler, Lidia Rodríguez Fernández and Oddbjørn Leirvik

Spaces are produced and shaped by discourses and, in turn, produce and shape discourses themselves. ‘Space’ is becoming a significant and complex concept for the encounter between people, cultures, religions, ideologies, politics, between histories and memories, the advantaged and the disadvantaged, the powerful and the weak. As a result, it provides a rich hermeneutical and methodological inventory for mapping interculturality and interreligiosity. This volume looks at space as a critical theory and epistemological tool within cultural studies that fosters the analysis of power structures and the deconstruction of representations of identities within our societies that are shaped by power.