I recently subscribed to Books and Culture, a publication owned by Christianity Today, and a treasure-house of ideas I might never be exposed to had I not subscribed. I was floored by an article I read at http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2007/003/7.22.html
It seems that the number of Christians in the southern hemisphere and the Orient is surpassing that in the North and the West. I knew about this trend. I did not know that Emerging World Christians are growing in their influence in worldwide Christian thinking. This has especially impacted the Anglican Church. Whereas Britain has 1 million Anglicans and far less attend church, Nigeria has 18 million Anglicans and nearly all attend. Put that in perspective. That means Anglicans in Nigeria dwarf the Southern Baptist Convention in the U.S.
Anyway, I got a lot of nakhas (joy) from reading the perspective of Emerging World Christians on the Old Testament. I hope you will get nakhas like I did (email me and let me know):
A Larger Bible
One of the remarkable features of African and Asian biblical reading, Jenkins says, is the affinity readers feel to the Old Testament. In contemporary northern churches, the traditional doctrine that the New Testament fulfills and builds upon the Old Testament has mutated into the idea that the New Testament supersedes, even replaces, the Old Testament. But Africans find the Old Testament exciting and relevant. It deals with nomadic life, polygamy, rituals of sacrifice