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This course provides an historical, cultural, and geographical introduction to the world of the Bible. Emphasis is given to the ancient Near Eastern context for the Old Testament and the Jewish and Greco-Roman world of the New Testament. This course familiarizes students with scholarly resources useful for researching biblical backgrounds and with methodological principles essential for integrating historical data into the interpretive process. This course can be credited as an Old Testament Bible or New Testament Bible elective, with the exception of Biblical Studies majors.