Going against the false perception that all Latinx views on the Bible are homogeneous, the contributors in this book use different hermeneutic perspectives to interpret the New Testament. Each chapter examines one of the twenty-seven documents thematically instead of following the traditional verse-by-verse commentary format.
Osvaldo D. Vena is emeritus professor of New Testament interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Leticia A. Guardiola-Sáenz is associate professor of Christian Scriptures/New Testament at Seattle University.
1. Matthew: Negotiating Tradition and Identity in Matthean and Latinx Contexts
Gilberto A. Ruiz
2. Mark: A Disabled Gospel for a Disabled Community
Osvaldo D. Vena
3. Luke: The Stories We Live By
Leticia A. Guardiola-Sáenz
4. John: The Politics of Recognition
Francisco Lozada Jr.
5. Acts of the Apostles: An Ideological Hispanic Contextual Reading
6. Romans: Structural Sin and the Justice of God
7. 1 Corinthians: A Latinx Reading on Conflict, Leadership, and Liberation
8. 2 Corinthians: An Egalitarian Ideology for the Latinx Church
Aída Besançon Spencer
9. Galatians: Good News for a People under Duress
Nancy Elizabeth Bedford
10. Ephesians: God’s New Humanity, Artisan of Justice and Shalom
11. Philippians: Empire and Price, Migrants and Discrimination – A Reading “From Below”
Néstor Oscar Míguez
12. Colossians: Paul’s Teaching and Its Implications for the Latinx Church
13. 1 Thessalonians: Latinx Imaginations about Everyday Hope
Eric D. Barreto
14. 2 Thessalonians: Latinx y el Fin de los Tiempos
15. 1 Timothy and Titus: Reading the Pastoral Epistles from el Otro Lado/the Other Side
Manuel Villalobos Mendoza
16. 2 Timothy: Forged in the Past for the Work to Come
Corinna Y. Guerrero
17. Philemon: A “Useful” Letter Para el Pueblo de Dios
Rudolph D. González
18. Hebrews: Grounding Interpretation in the Latinx Community
19. James: Brief Personal Notes on the Epistle
Alejandro F. Botta
20. 1 Peter: The Good, the Bad, and the Empire
21. 2 Peter: Testament, A Latinx Collective Memory Reading
22. 1 John: Schism and Schismatics in a Latin American Context
23. 2 and 3 John: A Latinx Diaspora Reading of Hospitality
24. Jude: “Othering” in the Politics of Faith
Luis R. Rivera
25. Revelation: Determination Beyond Hope
Jacqueline M. Hidalgo
A major tidal turn has occurred in academic biblical studies, signaled by the arrival of the Global South into the colonial metropolitan centers. Not only do they insert their bodies, colors, races, accents, they also read and write back to the Empire, thereby underlining the imperative to revisit academic biblical studies pedagogy in terms of methods, theories, and content. This volume is heartily welcomed, for not only does it attest to this major tidal turn, but it also enables the responsible professor to change the syllabus accordingly. Let this be a happy arrival and reading for both the professors and students of biblical studies who wish answer to their times!
There is simply no other book like this in the field of New Testament studies! The ‘commentaries’ in this edited volume, while all coming under the collective term of Latinx, show a diversity of perspectives at the same time. Most importantly, readers will find many fresh and cogent analyses to help them reconsider what they think they already know about the New Testament and Latinx communities.
This compelling collection offers reflections by Latinx academics on a New Testament text in conversation with their contemporary social context. These comentarios, arranged in canonical order, are framed by helpful methodological essays by the editors. I commend this volume as an introduction to the New Testament; as a rich map of the diverse Latinidad expressions of faith, justice, and imaginario; and as a welcoming door into the future of biblical hermeneutics.