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The Culture Behind the Bible

Faith Formation Presents…

The Culture Behind the Bible

This class was held in September, 2015.

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As Christians, we believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. As Episcopalians, we also recognize that each book of the Bible was written by a human author, living in a particular place, time, and culture. Understanding the context of the Scriptures is an important safeguard against misinterpretation and misuse.

While the ancient Mediterranean culture that informs Scripture has some similarities to our own contemporary American culture, it also contains some very important differences. This five-week Adult Faith Formation program will explore the foundations of this culture and how it manifests itself in Scripture. We will look at the core values of honor and shame and the ways in which these values govern all relationships and human activity in both the Old and New Testaments. We will examine Scripture passages where these cultural influences are particularly prone to misinterpretation in the light of our own cultural context. We will also look at relevant contemporary examples of Mediterranean culture like “The Godfather,” and the problem of “honor killings” in various areas of the world.

~Anna Horen, Ministry Intern