Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    Amazing Video for Your Next Bible Study

    I'm a huge proponent of reading the Bible in context, recognizing the cultural, racial, moral, ethical, intellectual, colonial, gender, and sexual lenses that color everything we read in the Bible. (Which lenses did I leave out?)

    How often do we name our own biases when reading scripture? How often do we interpret a scriptural text as if it was written for us living in the 21st Century without noting that to those living in the first century the text may likely have meant something completely different? (Incidentally, this is the subject of a very interesting and accessible new book entitled Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien).  

    It seems to me that this video would be a great way to illustrate to students that how we interpret something has everything to do  with the perspective or vantage point from which we view it.  The objects in the video appear to be real three dimensional objects...until you change your vantage point.  Then they transform into an idea, a visual representation, a fake, an interpretation of an object, and so on. (You can download the Rubik's Cube image here, print it on 81/2x11 paper and try it for yourself.)


    Benjer McVeigh said...

    Awesome video...and brilliant application!