Christians are faced with interpretive challenges when reading the Bible. The events in God’s Word happened in particular places, at particular times, to particular people. It is only when we place ourselves in those people’s shoes that we can understand what God was saying and bring full meaning to the text.
We can better understand the terminology used in the Bible by placing ourselves into their homes, country sides, and marketplaces. By gaining knowledge about their customs and manners, Bible scriptures will come alive.
The people of the Bible may have been conservative in attitude, but there was a richness and variation in their culture. Life for the poor was not the same as life for the wealthy; life in the hot valley of the river Jordan was different from life on the cool mountains surrounding Jerusalem; life in summer was different from life in winter; life for the nomadic herdsman differed from life for an urban tradesman. In a land of continual warfare, life was different under the occupation of the Assyrians than under the occupation of the Greeks and Romans.
Join us as we explore the family life, customs, and institutions of the people living in Biblical times beginning Sunday, October 1, at 5:00pm. If you can’t attend the Sunday class, it is also being offered on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.