This book has a great premise and brings to bear some very astute observations of other cultures. But the authors are guilty of precisely what they warn against. And they are wrong about some very critical Biblical principles. - “…it seems very clear to us what the sin of the Sodomites was: sodomy. (We even named a sin after them!) To Indonesian Christians, the sin of the Sodomites is equally clear: inhospitality. They appeal to this verse for support:… (Ezek 16:49) (MSWE:RCBBUB pp. 34–35). - They cite Ezek 16:49: “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.” (ESV) - And fail to cite the very next phrase: “They were haughty and did an abomination before me.” (ESV) - Rom 1:18ff helps us to see that sodomy is the result of suppressing the Truth about God and a whole host of other sins. - Had the authors made the point that many in the USA fail to see the progression of sins leading to God giving people over to the unnatural and abominable sin of sodomy while the Indonesians similarly fail but at a different logical point in this progression due to the differing cultural mores, this would have been a proper way to demonstrate proper hermeneutics vs. faulty hermeneutics resulting from cultural mores entering into the equation. - One more of several examples is: “In Genesis 27:46, for example, Rebekah exclaims her frustration with Esau’s wives, not because he had more than one, but because of their ethnicity: “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women,” she says to Isaac. ‘If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.’ Rebekah’s comment is heavily laden with ethnic prejudice.” (MSWE:RCBBUB p. 57). - “We have been pointing out the prejudices of biblical characters, but please bear in mind that we are not endorsing prejudice. The Christian message is clear: ethnic prejudice is morally reprehensible.” (MSWE:RCBBUB p. 68). - In Numbers 25, an Israelite exhibited what these authors seem to advocate and God, by means of a plague, killed 24,000 Israelites until Phinehas took a spear and ran the Israelite and his Midianite wife through, killing them both. - These incidents (Gen 27:46 & Num 25) when viewed in light each other as well as 2 Cor 6:14 & I Kings 11:4-10 as well as many other passages, make it obvious that Gen 27:46 is not about plain racial or ethnic prejudice. Rather it is about holiness. Everything Rebekah had tried to instill in Esau was lost because of his impetuous nature that had already caused Esau to trade his birthright for a bowl of stew. Jacob went and worked 14 years for wives who would support him in true faith that Rebekah was apparently diligent to instill in him. - Other obvious mores the authors promote include the 3rd rail of churchianity, feminism. There is so much more to be said about his one but I do not want to give any more ammo to have my review rejected.