'Introducing the Cultural Context of the Old Testament' is an invitation to learn the Mediterranean culture of our ancestors in the faith in order to understand the Bible. This excellent Bible-study workbook for adults concentrates on Wisdom literature and guides readers through cross-cultural interpretation as it contrasts middle-class United States cultural values with those of the Mediterranean world.
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"'Introducing the Cultural Context of the Old Testament' is an exciting new program for the study of the scriptures! This program is intended for the serious Bible student and will challenge the advanced learner. It guides the person to read the Bible directly and involves hands-on use of the Bible as one studies. The requirements of the program are Time, Commitment, and Participation on the part of the learner. The program invites learners in--simply, easily, and directly!" --Jean Marie Weber, Associate Director, Office for Schools and Child, Youth Ministries; President, National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education (NCDD)
"Finally, here is a study guide by a Catholic scholar and educator who understands both the Bible and its world and today's readers in theirs! How refreshing to see John J. Pilch explain so clearly the advances which scholars have made in understanding time, parenting, gender, family life, and social responsibility in the culture of the Bible. Biblical texts are well chosen; lesson plans are easy to follow; suggested applications for daily life are provocative. What a wonderful service he provides to all those who set aside quality time to study the Bible together." --Don C. Benjamin, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Rice University
John J. Pilch
John J. Pilch teaches biblical studies at Georgetown Univeristy. He has also been invited as a visiting professor to universities and seminaries throughout the world. Among his numerous publications are 'Healing in the New Testament,' 'The Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday,' and 'The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible.' He is coauthor (with Bruce J. Malina) of 'Social-Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul' and 'Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation.'