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WCF.M2.L11 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe at least three underlying assumptions of Mediterranean culture.
  • Contrast the assumptions of Mediterranean culture with those of modern Western culture.
  • Utilize your understanding of the Mediterranean worldview to more accurately interpret the Scriptures and reflect upon Christian doctrine.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 46-47Lesson 11 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 89-97Russell: Getting Fitted with Mediterranean Glasses Notice that Western cultural assumptions are not necessarily biblical assumptions.

  • Malina: The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology
  • 28-55ch. 2 Honor and Shame: Pivotal Values of the First-Century Mediterranean World (Skip pages 43-44)

  • Hiebert: “Spiritual Warfare and Worldviews”
  • 114-124Direction (Fall 2000) 29,2 ATLA Religion Database

  • Hellerman: “Challenging the Authority of Jesus: Mark 11:27-33 and Mediterranean Notions of Honor and Shame”
  • 213-228JETS (June 2000) 43,2 ATLA Religion Database

  • Snodderly: The Goal of International Development
  • 13-18Snodderly: The Big Picture of Scripture

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 47-49Lesson 11 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • The Bible
  •  Zechariah 1-14 (Review)

  • Optional
  • Fernea: Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
  • ixIntroduction
  • 3-23ch. 1 Night Journey: Arrival in the Village
  • 24-39ch. 2 The Sheik’s Harem

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 295-297Cyprus
  • 568-570Malta
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes



Reflection Questions
  • Explain in your own words three assumptions encompassed by the Mediterranean worldview.


  • How would a person who views the world through the lens of Mediterranean glasses critique the cultural assumptions of a modern Western missionary?


  • From the standpoint of Mediterranean culture, explain the events surrounding the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.





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