Bible Book Backgrounds: Why You Need Them and Where to Find Them


Michelle Lesley

I’m not quite settled on which book of the Bible or biblical topic we’ll be tackling for our next weekly study, so I’m taking a few more days to pray and think about it. In the meantime, I hope this will help as you study God’s word.

It’s time for your daily Bible study. You’ve decided to study Habakkuk or Philippians or Lamentations.

When you pick up a random book of the Bible to study it, how do you know…

…what’s going on in biblical history at the time the book was written
…when the book was written and by whom
…who the intended audience was
…where, geographically, the action takes place
…cultural aspects of the period that will help you better understand allusions and customs?

Unless you’ve done a considerable amount of study in the field of biblical history and the ancient Middle East, the answer is: you probably…

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