CULTURAL CONTEXT

We should be concerned that we do not import into the text what is not there (and take those impositions as word of God!).

But also we should take care not to miss what it is that the text does seek to convey and what effect and formative power it would wish to have on us and our communities of faith.

To immerse ourselves in the cultural context of the New Testament authors and hearers is to open ourselves up to hear the New Testament with the fuller resonances it would have had for authors and addressees alike.

DeSilva, Honour, Patronage, Kinship & Purity (2000), 18.