getting the history part of grammatical-historical

Just a thought that occurred to me while listening to Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds …It is extremely helpful to Bible interpreters to have an understanding of the culture and history in which the Bible was written. This particular “Great Courses” offering touches on some points of history that help us in understanding the culture the early Christians were saved from. I think that I am reading the New Testament with better understanding as a result.

Even better than this course are two other offerings: Herodotus: The Father of History, an excellent presentation by Elizabeth Vandiver and the actual work of Herodotus: The Histories.

These works are full of secular misconceptions and there are sometimes misrepresentations of Biblical information contained in them. However, one thing I’ve found fascinating is the Greek mindset on display. I suspect that many Greeks of the ancient world viewed their pagan superstitions cynically, yet they most likely “hedged their bets” and went along or adopted them as a “cultural practice.” Nevertheless, whether true believers or no, they had a culture to overcome in coming to Christ. “The Greeks look for wisdom.”

As we consider the preaching and teaching of the apostles in the context of the thinking of the day, we can gain insight to perhaps preaching and teaching the pagans of modernistic and post-modernistic society as well.

Comments

  1. Fred Moritz says:

    Good observation. Have you read INVITATION TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION by Kostenberger and Patterson? It is about 1000 pages – no pictures in it! Nothing to color in it! But good material and one of the newer texts on hermeneutics. I found it helpful.

    • Hi Dr M! Sorry, just saw your comment today, early on New Years Day! I’ve got to hit the sack!

      But no, I don’t think I have Kostenberger and Patterson. I’ve heard of it and thought of getting it, but so far not. I’ll have to put it higher on the list!

      Maranatha!
      Don Johnson
      Jer 33.3