This is the first of a series of approximately 40 lectures covering the ancient historical setting of the Bible. This presentation is intended to introduce the topic, using a text of Isaiah 20 as illustrative of the questions involved. The instructor is Bruce W. Gore M.A., J.D., adjunct professor of biblical studies at Whitworth University, Spokane. The lecture was presented to a group of adult students at First Presbyterian Church, Spokane, and the bias of the teacher is generally sympathetic to the biblical text, while allowing at the same time for problem areas in the effort to coorelate biblical data with what is otherwise generally accepted from known ancient historical sources. For more free resources on this and other topics, please visit www.brucegore.com.
Beginning with ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia, and finishing with the Roman world of the New Testament, this wide ranging series of lectures will acquaint the student with the major personalities and civilizations that comprise the context of the biblical story. The stories of the Bible take on rich meaning as they are understood against the backdrop of the great events of the ancient world.
This series of lectures will serve as a companion to the textbook by Bruce, which goes by the same title.