Following a trip to the Holy Land in 1996, my pastor asked me to put together an elective course on this subject, which my wife and I have taught numerous times in several different churches over the years.  This manual brings together much of that material.  It is my hope that when you complete this study, you will have a new undersanding of many of the difficult passages in the Bible.  Many of them are wrapped up in cultural interpretations.

This 204 page book looks at the storyline of the Bible; introduces the reader to the land of the Bible; shows how tent and stone dwellings often affect our understanding of an incident; and how their diet and clothing have a great deal to do with our grasp of what the Bible is seeking to convey.  The book also includes such subjects as planting and harvesting crops, vineyards and orchards; trades and professions in the Bible; animals and property customs and ownership.  There are a total of 27 chapters.

I believe the Bible is the inspired (meaning: "God breathed"), inerrant, infallible Word of the Living God.  I believe the Bible is to be understood literally for what the words say, unless the Bible itself indicates a particular story is to be taken symbolically.  I also believe the Bible is to be understood as the people to whom it was written understood it; and therefore we need to know the culture and customs of those people to understand how the message was comprehended.

Here are the chapter titles:

Ch 1 - Introduction
Ch 2 - The Storyline of the Bible
Ch 3 - An Introduction to the Land
Ch 4 - Tent Dwellers
Ch 5 - One Room Houses
Ch 6 - Houses with More than One Room
Ch 7 - The Diet of Bible Lands and Times
Ch 8 - Customs at Mealtime
Ch 9 - Hospitality: A Sacred Duty
Ch 10 - Daily Activities in Bible Times
Ch 11 - Clothing in Biblical Times
Ch 12 - Parents in the Family
Ch 13 - Children in the Bible Times Family
Ch 14 - Children and their Education
Ch 15 - Religion in the Family
Ch 16 - Sickness and Disease in Bible Lands
Ch 17 - Death in Bible Lands
Ch 18 - The Shepherd's Life
Ch 19 - Planting and Harvesting Crops
Ch 20 - The Building and Caring for of Vineyards
Ch 21 - Olive and Fig Tree Orchards
Ch 22 - Trades and Professions in Bible Times
Ch 23 - Music in Bible Times
Ch 24 - Towns and Cities in Bible Times
Ch 25 - Domesticated Animals of Bible Times
Ch 26 - Customs Regarding Property
Ch 27 - Born Again - Saved

This is a study manual.  Each chapter is followed by review quesions, things to remember, and a section on "What does this mean to my daily life?"

I have attempted to keep the study simple so that even someone as average and ordinary as I will be able to easily understand what is being taught.


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