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Glossary

Definition of word.

social setting
social setting

Social setting or cultural context is an aspect of setting that pertains to the human environment among which events occur and among which characters live or interact. A social setting is a condition of existence. Literary characters perceive their cultural context through all of their senses. Social context is dependent upon people who form a culture. Cultural settings might be described as (1) sustained conditions, (2) collective expectations, or (3) prevailing norms among a group of people or a social network as classified by various distinctions:

  • religiously,
  • spiritually,
  • educationally,
  • morally,
  • legally,
  • politically,
  • economically,
  • industrially,
  • technologically,
  • relationally,
  • emotionally,
  • ethnically,
  • demographically,
  • musically,
  • cosmetically, etc.

The Bible is set in ancient Near-Eastern culture and classical Greco-Roman culture.  A common error of today's Bible readers is interpreting Scripture from our modern Western perspective.

See setting, geographical setting, and historical setting to learn more.


Author: Allen B. Wolfe

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