Perhaps one of the greatest obstacles to understanding the Bible is the presuppositions you may bring to the Text.
Sheep herding in Israel - 1890s
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Be careful of bringing your socio-cultural perceptions, because it will alter the context and meaning of the Text.
The writers of the Bible wrote from and to an audience with a cultural experience much different from our own; as much
as two to several thousand years in difference!
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