Through the Eyes of Another
Intercultural Reading of the Bible


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The expectation that it would be boring to read the same story one more time showed to be incorrect. Again new elements arrised that were not thought of before.






Stellenbosch-Welgelegen (woman)


This site brings together groups of ordinary readers of the Bible from all over the world. It enables them to get involved in the fascinating adventure of communal and intercultural reading of the Bible.

This website is meant to be interactive. It offers:

- A homepage for every group
- The possibility to communicate directly with your partner group
- The possibility to upload and exchange pictures and reading reports
- Access to all available reading reports 
- A scientific section where you can find analyses of- and articles about intercultural hermeneutics and where scholars can upload their own contributions

Through the participation of groups this website will become a dynamic place of encounter between people who want to look  through the eyes of another.

The procedure is simple. It is described in a short manual. An extensive protocol is also available (click here). It will lead participants step by step through the process.

  • Contextual: How does one apply the story to one's situation? In this manner the interpretation of the Bible story reveals also the life stories of the participants.
  • Transcending cultural borders: How do people from other cultures read the Bible? In order to become aware of one's own blind spots, encounter, confrontation with other readers is necessary. Readers need other readers.
  • Interactive: What can we learn from other readers? This website offers the oppertunity to enter into dialogue with a partner group.
  • Communitarian: Where more readers read the same Bible story, the text reveals more of its secrets. It turns out that the Bible text has always more hidden secrets than just one individual reader could have discovered. This means that 'the other', the ones especially from other cultures, is not regarded as an enemy, an adversary, but as a source of wisdom.