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THE 391/491: Harlot, Beast, and Lamb

What is the World Behind the Text?

The World Behind the Text helps you to understand the historical and social context in which the Biblical text was written.

It includes:

  • date the biblical text was written
  • authorship of the biblical text (person or sources)
  • historical, social, and cultural context

Bible Dictionaries

Use Bible dictionaries to learn about people, places, and events during the time the Bible was written.  For example, look for information about: role of women, marriage, warfare, the relationship between Canaan and Egypt, etc.

Print Bible Dictionaries:

Online Bible Dictionaries:

Biblical Commentaries

Look at the introduction section to the chapter about your book of the Bible in commentaries such as: 

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