Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move

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Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move. By Jean-Pierre Ruiz. Mary knoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011. Pp. xi, 185. Paperback $28.

Readings from the Edges considers the ethics of liberation, draws attention to the perspective of diaspora peoples, and looks at the reading and interpretation of Scripture. Here, ethical emphasis upon the "preferential option for the poor" critiques academic understanding of what it means to read and apply Scripture to life and liberation.

To avoid a "narrowly framed liberationist hermeneutics," Ruiz turns to lived experience as a source of diverse and relevant theological reflection and to communities defined as "people of the Word," not merely a "people of the Book." Emphasis upon the Word allows for the theological, pragmatic, and practical interpretations of "people on the move." They bring a hermeneutical edge to the preferential option for the poor as the excluded, the alienated, and the marginalized read and interpret, embrace and apply the Word in an alternative voice.

Ruiz wishes to displace academic "private reading" with the older practice of "reading with" the community gathered in worship. …