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What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing?
Biblical Interpretation from a Chinese Perspective, Second Edition
by K. K. Yeo
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
398 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
- Published: August 2018
$50.00 / £44.00 / AU$68.00Buy
- Published: August 2018
$46.00 / £39.99 / AU$66.99Buy
K. K. Yeo is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Affiliate Faculty at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University (Evanston), and a Visiting Professor of Peking University, Peking Normal University, Zhejiang University, Huaqiao University, and Fudan University in China. He is a Lilly Scholar (1999) and Henry Luce III Scholar (2003), and the co-director for the Center for Classical Greco-Roman Philosophy and Religious Studies, Institute for Ethics and Religious Studies (IERS), Tsinghua University, Beijing (since September 2015). He has authored/edited over twenty-three Chinese books and fourteen English books. He is the author of Musing with Confucius and Paul (2008), The Spirit Hovers (2011), Zhuangzi and James (2012), co-edited (with Gene L. Green and Steve T. Pardue) on Majority World Theology Series (Eerdmans, Langham) and co-edited with Melanie Baffes Contrapuntal Readings of the Bible in World Christianity (Wipf & Stock).
As a Chinese born and raised in Borneo, Malaysia, educated in the United States, and currently serving the global church by preparing academic and ecclesial leaders in the US, Middle East, and China, K. K.'s teaching and research have focused on culture and the Bible, with a special emphasis on the tasks of building nations, transforming local communities, fulfilling the ideals of culture, saving individuals from chaos, meaninglessness, and injustice, and moving them toward shalom and beauty.
“K.K. Yeo addresses culture with the same analytical acuity as he addresses the Bible, and the dialogue between these brings rich new insight to Christian theology. Yeo’s cross-cultural hermeneutic issued a provocative methodological challenge to ‘mainstream’ theologians, while this twentieth anniversary re-issue celebrates Yeo’s scholarship as well as the great growth of Chinese theology in the intervening decades—growth brought about in no small part by Yeo’s contribution.”
—Chloë Starr, Yale Divinity School
“What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing is the best book I have read in recent years on cross-cultural hermeneutics of the Bible and Chinese Classics in view of their mutual enrichment . . . I strongly recommend it as a must read for scholars and graduate students . . . as well as for Chinese people themselves, especially those interested in understanding more deeply their inner desire for meaningfulness in reference to Chinese Classics and the Bible.”
—Vincent Shen, University of Toronto
“The author brings together for mutual dialogue and engagement, under the guiding principles of inclusivity and respect, Jerusalem (the Bible) and Beijing (Chinese culture). This he does by way of a sharp and fruitful combination of traditional themes from Chinese culture, Christian theology, and the biblical texts . . . The result is an excellent exercise in cross-cultural interpretation and a volume I would highly recommend to anyone interested in this unfolding global discussion.”
—Fernando F. Segovia, Vanderbilt University
“K. K. Yeo is one of the very few Chinese biblical scholars who dares to take on the task of integrating and interpreting the Bible from a Chinese cultural perspective. His efforts constitute a valuable resource for the field of global biblical interpretation.”
—Philip Chia, Chinese University, Hong Kong
“K. K. Yeo addresses the fundamental question of the relationship between Scripture (Jerusalem) and cultures—the Chinese and Western cultures that he splendidly embodies as a bicultural biblical scholar . . . Yeo illustrates how much we Western interpreters have to learn from Chinese interpreters; as one of them Yeo helps us recognize the community-centered perspectives of biblical texts that we had ignored by burying them under our individual-centered concerns. This book is full of urgently needed insights into Scripture and our ways of reading it.”
—Daniel Patte, Vanderbilt University