CHICAGO – Biblical scholars speaking at the Pastorum Live conference Tuesday shared tips on studying the Old Testament, hoping to make it a less daunting task for pastors and the everyday Christian. Understanding Scripture involves the consideration of two things: the cultural worldview of the author and the structure of biblical text.
Dr. Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, said understanding Scripture is similar to human relationships. When people understand cross-cultural differences they can better relate to each other. Similarly, he explained, when the reader understands the cultural background of stories in the Bible they will better understand the meaning of the Bible.