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WCF.M1.L34 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain cultural variations in marriage and kinship forms.
  • Correlate marriage and kinship forms with biblical teachings.
  • Recognize which aspects are culturally relative and which are biblical absolutes.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 148-149Lesson 34 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 189-192Buswell: Cultural Relativism

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 13Buswell: Kinship and Marriage: Terms, Charts and Study Questions

  • Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 203-217Biblical Marriage

  • The Bible
  •  Ruth 1-4, with emphasis on 2:40-4:10
  •  Genesis 2:18-24
  •  Ezra 9:10-10:12
  •  Nehemiah 13:23-31

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 149-152Lesson 34 Review

  • Research
  •  ATLA Religion Database

  • Mann: “Toward a Biblical Understanding of Polygamy”
  • 11-26Missiology (Jan 1989) vol 17

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 189-193Cameroon

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 34
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Note some of the contradictory policies administered by Christian missions due to a combination of ignorance of local culture and problematic interpretation of the Bible.

  • Explain how and why the Christian theist can be a thorough-going cultural relativist, while the humanistic atheist cannot.

  • What are some of the complex cultural functions of polygamy which are relative to the local culture?

  • What insights from Scripture are relevant to monogamy and polygamy? Which of these are relative and which are absolute?