Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author to Reflect on Experiences Teaching Bible to Japanese Students in Discussion Hosted by Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

One of the world's oldest and most prestigious press clubs, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, will host author Thomas Dabbs for its Book Break event April 14.

Dabbs is author of Genesis in Japan (Texas Review Press, 2013) and professor of British literature at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

His book rises from a journal of reflections he collected while teaching the Bible to Japanese university students in Tokyo. It relates the diverse responses to the Bible that rebounded, subtly but forcefully back to the teacher from these students -- extraordinary responses, in that they are simple, pure, ordinary, and entirely disorienting.

The theme of the talk will be drawn from the main theme of the book, that is, the author will give examples of how the Japanese penchant toward close reading makes Western Christianity appear to have an odd, even marginally insane relationship with the Bible.

The talk, which will be in English, will feature dinner and a "Meet the Author" cocktail party. For more information, visit

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