The concept of this book is desperately needed. The gap between the culture in which the scripture was written and our own day is often wide, complex and even at times confusing. Reading the Bible from our western perspective can mean that we miss some interesting and at times vital things simply because the Bible is NOT a western book. Richards and O’Brien will introduce and guide you into some of the important principles and issues at stake and to provide you with some basic skills to help you cross this ‘cultural’ gap.
I would have liked the authors to have engaged a little more with the Jewish Roots concept – that is that the Bible is primarily a Jewish book and therefore uses Jewish idioms, figures of speech etc. That being said, this is a great introduction in opening the exciting doors of even deeper understanding of the scriptures.