Race Fact #29: ‘Cultural Pre- Understanding’

“One of the more difficult hurdles for us to overcome in developing and applying biblical theology from the Scriptures is the ever- constant intrusion of ‘cultural pre- understanding’ into our interpretive and applicational process.  ‘Cultural pre- understanding’ is the tendency for us to interpret the biblical material through the lenses of our own personal cultural context.  Not only do we fill in all the literary ‘gaps’ in the biblical story with material from our culture, but also we tend to project much of our culture into the setting and into our understanding of the characters.  Not all of this projection is bad, for it can often help us to relate better to the text.  However, frequently such ‘cultural pre- understanding’ leads us to skew the text to fit our particular ethnocentric cultural outlook.”

~J. Daniel Hays, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, 25.

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