Historical-Cultural context is often hovering in the background assumptions of most passages. Consider things that are assumed in a passage of Scripture

passage: immediate literary historical-cultural and canonical (approximately 250-300 words).

 

Interpretation of bible passage

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How do I find and use relevant historical-cultural context?

Historical-Cultural context is often hovering in the background assumptions of most passages. Consider things that are assumed in a passage of Scripture that might not make immediate sense to you.

Sometimes Scripture refers to specific historical or cultural elements (King Herod the city of Samaria seats at a banquet). Exploring these can help you understand the passage better.

Use the material in the “Cultures in and of the Bible” video. Take one of those cultural principles and apply it to your passage to see what it adds to your understanding.

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible is an excellent resource and it is available for free. The Holman Bible Dictionary is also a sound resource and is also available online for free (though slightly older). You can search these for a particular item or topic (be sure to cite them properly if you use them).

You can search the internet for items and resources but always be sure to evaluate what you find online for its reliability.

You will receive full credit for this assignment if you turn it in with the following checklist completed. Be sure to review your feedback on this assignment to help you do future similar assignments well. You will receive partial credit if you do not complete all the parts. Copy and paste this list onto the end of your paper. Type “Completed” after each portion that you completed.

Brief introduction with explanation (10 points)

Exploration of the contents and structure of the passage (20 points)

Use of two contexts to explain the passage (20 points)

Conclusion with the main point of the passage and an explanation (10 points)

Double checked writing and formatting (10 points)

You are allowed to choose a passage of your preference from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chs. 5-7 (e.g. the section on oaths 5:33-37 or the section on asking in 7:7-11). Your passage should contain a complete idea or story. You should not start in the middle of something or cut a unit off early. Generally your selection should be at least 3 verses long but no longer than 10 verses.

Once you have chosen your passage. You will want to read it closely attending to its overall flow the structure of sentences key nouns key verbs and any important descriptive elements. Then you will want to consider the four contexts (immediate literary cultural-historical and canonical) and see how they may inform your understanding of the passage. Remember that you can draw on the videos on “Literary Styles in the Bible” “Cultures in and of the Bible” and “The Story of the Bible” to help provide some material for these various contexts.

Compose a 650-750 word paper in proper APA format that contains the following:

A brief introduction that identifies your passage and explains why you chose it (approximately 50-75 words).

A section that explores the details of the passage’s flow sentence structure nouns verbs and descriptors (approximately 250-300 words).

A section that explains the passage more fully by using two of the following contexts with connections to details in the passage: immediate literary historical-cultural and canonical (approximately 250-300 words).

A short conclusion that states your main takeaway from your interpretive work and how that point may apply to our time and place (approximately 100-150 words).

Proofread your paper for content organization and mechanics. Save a copy for yourself and upload a copy to Brightspace.

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