Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Understand the Cultural Context

Perhaps one of the greatest obstacles to understanding the Bible is the presuppositions you may bring to the Text.

Sheep herding in Israel - 1890s

Sheep hearding 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!

Take the time to learn about the society and culture that the Bible was addressing.

Skill Builder examples:

Cultural revelations… limitations of the Law

Architectural detail…a look at interior design…

Introduction to The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

Series: Skill Builder
Learn the Histo-Geographical Context

Series: Skill Builder
Interpretation within Context

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