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Lecture 1: The Importance of Context

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When reading the Bible, there is a danger of reading our own ideas into the text and assuming they are there. A text without a context is a pretext for whatever you want it to mean.


The Importance of Context

I. The Importance of Context

A. Oral Context

1. Predominantly an oral culture

2. Early leaders of Christianity were literate

3. Words from a deity were viewed as having inherent power

4. Problems in dealing with oral texts

5. Comparing translations

B. Social context

A. Oral Context

1. Honor and shame

2. Reciprocity

3. Limited good

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