The inspired writers produced 'high context' literature in which cultural knowledge is frequently assumed.

The gulf between their knowledge and ours has serious implications for interpretation.

To bridge this gap we need resources that explain the world of the Ancient Near East as the Bible's original audience perceived and experienced it.


Barrick, et al., Old Testament Cultural Practices Collection, 1984-2005.

DeSilva, Honour, Patronage, Kinship & Purity, 2000.

Fox, Pagans and Christians, 2006.

Hall, Beyond Culture, 1976.

Klauck, The Religious Context of Early Christianity, 2000.

Pilch, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible, 2012.

Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, 2006.