“Go out and study the land” (Judges 18:2) Explore the land Engage the Scriptures Experience your faith In everything we do, we believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is God’s revelation in time, space, and culture. We believe that on-site education in the lands of the Bible enables and enhances peoples’ ability Read More ...
“Go out and study the land” (Judges 18:2)
- Explore the land
- Engage the Scriptures
- Experience your faith
In everything we do, we believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is God’s revelation in time, space, and culture. We believe that on-site education in the lands of the Bible enables and enhances peoples’ ability to understand the Bible and appropriately answer two fundamental questions: What did the Bible mean? And what does it mean for me today?
This is why we exist: to help readers of the Bible encounter God’s revelation within its time, space, and culture. Whether through an on-site study or through our resources, we empower people to step into the world of the Bible to hear and understand its message, so they can better apply it to their lives today.
While many endeavor to help people read and study the Bible, few take seriously a four-dimensional approach necessary to understand God’s revelation in time, space, and culture. These four dimensions must be synthesized together to answer the question, “What did the Bible mean?” These four aspects function like four lenses of a camera that when pointed and focused upon an object are adjusted until the picture comes into focus.
In this way, these four lenses provide windows into the world of the Bible. By looking through these windows, we can step back into the world of the Bible, as best as we are able, and can hear it and its message as its authors intended. We find ourselves once again at the feet of Jesus hearing him as his original audience did. And once we enter into the world of the Bible, we can reenter our world and answer the question, “What does this mean for us today?”
The four lenses:
- Spatial—the geography is the stage of the biblical story, but it’s more than places on the map or roadways. The climate, geology, topography, flora, and fauna are all factors of the spatial setting of the biblical world that shaped the stories, prophecies, psalms, and wisdom sayings of the Bible.
- Historical—history is “man’s reflection upon his past,” and the Bible reflects the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel over hundreds and thousands of years.
- Cultural—the Bible must be read within the context of its contemporary culture. In the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, we refer to ancient Israelite culture within the larger context of Ancient Near Eastern culture, and in the New Testament, we mean ancient Judaism within the larger context of Greco-Roman culture.
- Spiritual—the Bible reflects the religious beliefs and outlooks of the ancient writers. Religion in the ancient world was part of everyday life and not negatively perceived as in much of modern Christianity.
Too often, modern readers of the Bible seek first to know what the Bible means for them today rather than realizing that it is the product of time and space. We must first endeavor to understand what the Bible meant, before we can know what it means. Through our on-site study tours and resources, we endeavor to empower you to transform the way you read, study, and apply the Bible.