The purpose of this paper is to show the importance of studying the Bible within its cultural context. When studying the Bible in western culture it is common for people to interpret the text based on their own culture rather than on the culture from which the Scriptures were written. Studying the Bible in this way can lead to a misunderstanding of biblical context and a misapplication of biblical principles.

When studied in the proper cultural context, the misinterpretation and misapplication of Scripture is significantly reduced, allowing the reader to better understand how a given passage applies to his or her circumstances. This paper shows this by using an exegesis of Acts 17:16-34 as an example.