A couple of weeks ago I ran across the video below from Sandra Richter, and then that same week, I heard teachers, Rico Cortes and Ryan White, teach on the same topic of the creation of man and the word tzelem. (If you have a membership to Rico Cortes’ site, you can watch the video under Parashah Vayakhel-Pedukei Brit Portion tab.) This of course, was only one small part of a bigger conversation, but it stuck out to me.
The second video below, I saw yesterday, and I thought it showed the continuity of this subject throughout Scripture very well.
What I am realizing more and more is that understanding the Ancient Near East helps me read my Bible better, because the Bible was written to the Israelites coming out of slavery accustomed to the religious rites and idolatrous practices of the Egyptians and other cultures that were in Egypt.
The Bible wasn’t written to me in my twenty-first century mindset. But it was written for me, and so I can learn about who I am, who God is, and what I am here for, if I read the Bible in its proper cultural context.
Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16a
Love and light,