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The Bible is an Eastern book. God gave His Word in words easy to understand. He chose words in common use among His people when His Word was originally given. He spoke to them in terms they could understand - not only in their language, but also according to their customs and manners - so they could fulfill His will. 

The customs and manners found in the Bible are those of the Eastern or Oriental world. They are quite different from those in the Western or Occidental world. Because the Bible is an Eastern book, it is essential to study and understand the customs and manners of the Eastern people who originally heard it.

 If the original revelation is to be understood today so God's will can be fulfilled, then we must study and understand not only the language of the original inspiration but also the customs and manners of the people to whom it was originally given. God used these customs and manners to illustrate, illuminate, and communicate His wonderful Word. 


Many of the customs and manners of the Bible have survived to this century in India. Because India has remained an isolated country for thousands of years, the customs and manners of the people have been well preserved. Many of these customs and manners have continued until this day from the times the original revelation was given. The works of Reverend Dr. K.C. Pillai provide a basis for understanding many of the Orientalisms used in God's Word.

 Dr. K.C. Pillai (1900-1970) was a Bishop-at-large of the Indian Orthodox Church, Antiochean Succession, Madras, India. He spent the last twenty years of his life in the United States of America on a special mission to acquaint Christians with the Orientalisms of the Bible. His teachings, books, and work with believers provide a unique contribution in clarifying difficult Scriptural passages via an understanding of the Eastern customs and manners in the Bible. Although the publishing information is outdated, the following are some sources of Bishop K. C. Pillai's teachings:

 Light Through an Eastern Window, Robert Speller & Sons; Publishers (1963), New York 36, New York

 Light Through an Eastern Window, Robert Speller & Sons; Publishers (1963), New York 36, New York

 Orientalisms of the Bible - Volume 1, Munkus Publishing Company, INC. (1969), P.O. Box 15, Fairborn, Ohio 45324

 Orientalisms of the Bible - Volume 2, Munkus Publishing Company, INC (1974) - American Christian Press, The Way International (1984), New Knoxville, Ohio 45871

 
 Eastern Customs of the Bible: The Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai - By Jeanie Strand Chilton -Published: February, 2010
 
Old and New Testament Orientalisms Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai Transcript
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