The Bible Wasn’t Written in English – Paradigm E9


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What makes the biblical languages so important? Because the Bible was written in another time and culture, we need to honor its ancient historical context and original languages as we read and study it. In this week’s podcast episode, Tim, Jon, and Carissa explore why an awareness of the Bible’s culture––and our own––can help us be better interpreters of the Bible.

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  • Part one (00:00-15:00)
  • Part two (15:00-20:30)
  • Part three (20:30-33:15)
  • Part four (33:15-44:45)
  • Part five (44:45-58:37)

Referenced Resources

  • The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament, Sandra L. Richter
  • Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien
  • Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes: Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World, E. Randolph Richards and Richard James
  • A Theory of Semiotics, Umberto Eco
  • Reading the Bible Intertextually, Richard B. Hays, Stefan Alkier, Leroy A. Huizenga
  • Interested in more? Check out Tim’s library here.

Show Music

  • “Defender (Instrumental)” by TENTS
  • “Imagination” by Montell Fish
  • “Smith the Mister” by Ohayo
  • “Two for Joy” by Foxwood
  • “Bloc” by KV

Show produced by Cooper Peltz. Edited by Dan Gummel and Zach McKinley. Show notes by Lindsey Ponder.

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