Course Descriptions

HIST 5/321 Cultural Background of the Bible - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

An analysis of various aspects of life in biblical times to provide focal points to help the student understand biblical customs and ways of thought more accurately.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Socio-cultural studies
  • History
  • Bible

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should have:

  • a reasonably complete understanding of the cultural world of the Bible (society, social and personal identity, forms of subsistence, economy, art forms, religious expression, etc.);
  • observed modern practices and customs which are pertinent to understanding biblical practices and customs;
  • gained skills in identifying and understanding cultural information that informs biblical texts.

Field Study

A six-day interactive field study to traditional village and Bedouin areas in Jordan