How to Hear the Other Half of the Bible’s Conversation

Reading the Bible, especially the letters of Paul, is sometimes like listening in to half of a phone conversation. You can get a basic idea of what’s happening, but you’ll never know completely what they are talking about.

There is one basic practice that can help you and N.T. Wright Online happens to specialize in it!

We often come to the Bible with 21st century eyes. We can’t help but read it without hearing the voices of Augustine, Luther, Aquinas, and even our old Sunday School teachers.

However, a basic knowledge of 1st Century Jewish and Hellenistic cultures goes a long way to help understand what Jesus and Paul meant.

This video gives you an example. Professor Wright consistently provides an in-depth explanation of the stories and culture that form the backdrop for the New Testament.

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Chris Morton
Chris Morton is the founder of MortonWordsmith, where he helps tell stories of how God is making all things new—even the church! Chris believes that Jesus is empowering ordinary people to launch new and different outposts of the kingdom of God in unexpected places. He has partnered with national and international ministries such as Fresh Expressions US, The V3 Movement, The Praxis Gathering, Missio Alliance, 5Q, and others to help present Jesus and his teachings in new ways throughout the United States. Chris is a practitioner as well and serves as Community Developer at Austin Mustard Seed. Chris holds a Master's Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.
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