We call our Bible studies “Letting the Bible Tell Its Own Stories.” What that means is we do our best to view Bible stories in their original chronological, geographical, cultural and linguistic contexts.
Our goal is to see the words of the Bible
“through the eyes of their ancient authors”
and understand what they meant to them.
Most Bible readers today view its words “through own eyes” -- their chronological, geographical, cultural and linguistic contexts. They assign their meanings to the words of the Bible. Many are reading an English translation and they are native English speakers. What else could we expect them to do? They don't have the Bible study tools you have to help them accurately understand the Bible's ancient words.
When you “let the Bible tell its own stories,” you never know where it will take you, but one thing you quickly learn is that the ancient world was very different from 21st century America – but human nature is about the same. That’s what makes many Bible stories just as relevant to our lives as they were to people that lives 2,000 years ago. They provide wisdom for making decisions that neither science nor religions provides.
(Matthew, Mark, Luke & Acts)