Understand the Cultural Context
Perhaps one of the greatest obstacles to understanding the Bible is the presuppositions
you may bring to the Text.
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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:
limitations of the Law
detail…a look at interior design…
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament
Interpretation within Context
Learn the Histo-Geographical Context
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