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The Importance of Culture


ASPECTS OF CULTURE VALUES LIFE/HABITS Changes within cultures Preconceptions of culture LIFE preconceptions changes

Cultural Values : 

Cultural Values Ephesians Magic Pharisees Purity laws

Life / Habits : 

Life / Habits Jews Hellenists/Greeks Romans

Changes : 

Changes Jews –faith expressed through study, obedience and prayer without a temple Hellenists –Greek became the common language for the New Testament CONTEXTULIZATION

Preconceptions : 

Preconceptions Wrong preconception = wrong understanding Don’t assume Don’t lean on your own cultural values

Understanding the New Testament : 

Understanding the New Testament Rebuild the context of the story Reconstruct the cultural representation accurately This will help lead to a correct interpretation of the Scriptures

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