Light Through An Eastern Window

by Bishop KC Pillai

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Overview - In this book, K. C. Pillai, Doctor of Divinity and a native of India, draws on his extensive knowledge and first-hand understanding of Bible customs, manners, and idioms to uncover great truths concerning scriptures that perplex the Westerner’s mind simply because he lacks an understanding of the peculiar expressions and traditions underlying the scriptural passage. Through an understanding of the Eastern culture, the reader gains answers to questions such as: What is the covenant of salt? What do the various plants and trees in the bible signify? Why are we exhorted to heap coals of fire o ... See more details below

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Light Through An Eastern Window

Overview

In this book, K. C. Pillai, Doctor of Divinity and a native of India, draws on his extensive knowledge and first-hand understanding of Bible customs, manners, and idioms to uncover great truths concerning scriptures that perplex the Westerner’s mind simply because he lacks an understanding of the peculiar expressions and traditions underlying the scriptural passage. Through an understanding of the Eastern culture, the reader gains answers to questions such as: What is the covenant of salt? What do the various plants and trees in the bible signify? Why are we exhorted to heap coals of fire on people's heads? Beyond unlocking puzzling passages, the author inspires readers to a greater commitment and awareness of God's power and goodness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910068635

Publisher: American Christian Press

Format: Hard Cover

Publication Date: January 1, 1986

Product dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches

Meet the Author

As a convert to Christianity from Hinduism, Bishop K.C. Pillai came to the Western world on a singular mission: to teach the Eastern culture of the Bible. Although Christianity is generally considered a western religion, the Bible itself was written and set in the Orient, and it must be viewed through the light of that eastern window. The Bible is filled with passages that perplex the Western mind, and yet they were readily understood by the Easterner. When the reader becomes knowledgeable of the oriental idioms, customs, and traditions of the Biblical setting, these Scriptures become clear.

God called Bishop K.C. Pillai to reveal these Biblical truths he called Orientalisms. At the time of the Bishop’s early life, his native India had remained an isolated country for thousands of years. Therefore, the customs and manners of the people were still aligned with the Eastern, Biblical culture. For over twenty years, Bishop Pillai taught these Orientalisms, bringing great enlightenment to the Christian world. His crusade of imparting this light of the Eastern Culture carried him to numerous universities and seminaries, as well as every major denomination throughout the United States, England and Canada. Still today, his teachings remain the foremost authority on the rare gems of Biblical customs and culture.

Bishop K.C. Pillai’s conversion to Christianity is a witness of God’s heart, as well as a lesson in one of the most significant Eastern customs found in the Bible. The Bishop was raised as a Hindu. When a Hindu child of the ruling class is born, a little salt is rubbed on the baby who is then wrapped in swaddling cloth. This custom invoked one of the oldest and strongest covenants in the Eastern world, the “salt covenant.” In this particular instance, the child was salted for a lifetime of dedication to the Hindu religion. The “salt covenant” is used in like manner throughout the Bible to seal the deepest commitment.

As a result of the salt covenant it is difficult for Hindus to convert to Christianity. When they do, their family actually conducts a funeral service to symbolize that the individual is dead to their family, the community and Hinduism. Their family will carry a portrait of the “deceased” to the cemetery and bury it. Many times Bishop spoke of his “burial day” when he was disinherited by becoming a Christian; the only Hindu willing to break that covenant of salt in his community during that time.

K.C. Pillai answered God’s call and served as Bishop of North Madras in the Indian Orthodox Church. Sent on a special mission to the United States, he spent the last twenty years of his life acquainting Christians with the Orientalisms of the Bible. The interest Bishop Pillai generated in the field has led to numerous further studies by other scholars in the field of manners and customs in the Bible, as well. His books and teachings continue to illuminate and inspire students of the Bible throughout the world. A solid understanding of Orientalisms is essential to “rightly dividing” the Word of truth, and Bishop K.C. Pillai’s works remain an indispensable reference.

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anonymous

Posted 7th December 2013 08:14 AM

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After being loaned this book, I dove into it with an open mind. There is such wisdom here but one must be discerning too. All mans works are not Scripture so walk carefully here. I think that Judaism is a religion of works from my own personal study but Abraham was accepted by God for his faith. Orthodox Jews see Christ as a bastard son of Joseph and have totally missed it. If they were to read and understand the New Testament as the final and finished Word, they would know Jesus as their Messiah and not the former. He is their Messiah and would to God that they would come to believe that soon so that their lives would not be so filled with sorrow due to unbelief. K.C. tries to make that connection more real by bringing out the EASTERN and Orientalism of the Scriptures. His is a work of love and of great importance. God bless the reader.

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