Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sam Storms on Historical-Cultural Analysis

Sam Storms' ministry website has a number of excellent articles pertaining to "Biblical and Theological Resources from the ministry of Sam Storms". I often visit this site for research on various topics. The articles are well-written, concise, and beneficial to those who would like to access the insights of this pastor-theologian.

For instance, Storms has an helpful article on Bible study pertaining to Historical-Cultural Analysis. In the article, he lists 11 primary issues:

1. Who is the author?

2. What do we know about his background, education, life in general, etc.'

3. Where was he when he wrote this text? Does the provenance of the book affect its interpretation?

4. What were his circumstances when he wrote this text?

5. When did he write this text?

6. Who are the recipients (addressees) of this text?

7. Where do they live?

8. What factors in their place of residence might influence what the author would say to them and how they might hear what he says?

9. What is the relationship between the author and those to whom he writes?

10. What were the circumstances, needs, or events that occasioned the text?

11. Identify any other significant people, places, or events mentioned in the rest of the book.

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