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on 30 August 2001
Reading the story of creation, John Hull, who lost his sight in adult life but never lost his Christian commitment, academic ability or commitment to life, began to believe that God was not on the side of the blind, and then came to see that he was on the side of those who brood over darkness. In a remarkable book, the result of entering into conversations with this God through the Bible, Hull confronts the realisation that the Bible is written by sighted people for sighted people, in a world where 'light excels darkness', and with few exceptions reflects a sighted God, but then goes on to demonstrate what with sight he had never noticed.
One third of the book is stories of blind people from OT and NT told as only a blind person can, revealing insight to sighted people too blind to see. A worrying chapter highlights the ways in which blindness is used in metaphor and paradox - sinfulness and lostness in the prophets, lack of perception or rejection of truth in the NT, and sometimes even a joke in bad taste.
His testimony will bring comfort and encouragement to the blind (and to many others with similar limitations), a rebuke to the sighted for all they have been missing, and fresh insight to all Bible readers. Teachers and scholars will be pulled up with a jerk when they see what they have been missing. Preachers will appreciate 'the light that shines in the darkness'.
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