Appeal in the Ancient World
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.
It continually amazes me when context can add so much clarity. When taking the time to understand the who, when, what, where, why of a story can bring it to life in s many ways, and often better than I could have possibly imagined.
If I was talking to a group of referees about interpreting a players involvement in play, they would have the context of understanding already a foul or offside. While a fan of the game or someone even new to the game would have a different view of that meaning.
Target audience, that would be those in attendance, NOT you,, we are post-event (maybe even replay) spectators. The words were said to them, so how could/would they understand? That is the quest of context. Through the eyes of, in the shoes of.
These were not stupid and uneducated people, they had reference. They understood the stories told to them (we have been covering in our community discussion about how the mind is wired for story). These were told to them over and over continually, from the Seat of Moses.
So if you read the stories (scripture, just to be clear), what does God (YHVH) look like? Really try and take a fresh look, maybe even write down the characteristics and qualities. So now, does your previous picture/idea match the book? Paradigm shift…