As the early church moved away from the original cultural setting of the Bible and found its home in the west, Christians lost touch with the ancient world of the Bible. Cultural habits, the particulars of landscape, even the biblical languages soon were unknown. And the cost was enormous: Christians began reading the Bible as foreigners and missing the original images and ideas that shaped a biblical worldview. Here, Gary M. Burge explores primary motifs from the biblical landscape—geography, water, rock, bread, etc.—and applies them to vital stories from the Bible. The Bible and the Land explores a series of primary cultural motifs that contributed to the ancient biblical worldview.
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- Context of Old and New Testament stories, parables, and events
- Exploration of how the motifs of land and culture give rise to important and overlooked lessons in the biblical story
- Maps, photos, and illustrations
- Title: The Bible and the Land
- Author: Gary M. Burge
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 112
About Gary M. Burge
Gary M. Burge (PhD, King’s College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the department of Biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.