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Cultural Concepts

Exploring the cultural background of Scripture in its proper context is effortless with the Cultural Concepts dataset in Logos. Over 1,000 entries across 80,000 hand-labeled tags make it easy to find information on ancient religious activities, food, music, birth and death practices, marriage rituals, and economic structures. Explore ideas like atonement, the image of divinity riding on a cloud, sin offerings, building an altar, and much more.

This powerful dataset also connects cultural concepts to ancient literature, including primary texts from ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic cultures, so you can cross-reference scriptural references with other literature written during the same period.

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Find Cultural Background Elements in a Snap

Discover the agricultural background of a passage

Use the Cultural Concepts filter within the Passage Guide to find links to resources that address specific cultural concepts in a passage—like the agricultural background of Joel 1:13–20.

Confused about divination in Ezekiel 21?

Explore Babylon’s predicted downfall and the king of Babylon’s peculiar act of consulting a liver in Ezekiel 21. A simple right-click on the word "liver" will open the Context Menu, which reveals a link to the Cultural Concept of divination.

Study a cultural concept like “parable”

Use the Cultural Concepts section within the Factbook to display cultural information about parables, like Bible passages and secondary literature resources tagged with this concept. Logos will also filter accompanying dictionary articles.

Clarify unfamiliar references, like “feeding dogs”

Start a new search and enter "Culture Dog" (open this search in Logos). Logos will instantly return results for this Cultural Concept to help you better understand the Phoenician woman’s reference to feeding dogs in Mark 7:24–30 by comparing other passages about dogs.

Study cultural concepts related to worship

When you study the Cultural Concept “Worship,” Logos shows you other related concepts, like Dance, Music, Sacred objects, and Singing.

Save your results

Logos makes it easy to save the passages you uncover for later reference. You can also add verses to your list and change the display version.


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