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Personal Cultural Landscape: Influence on Biblical Interpretation

Jan Paron / August 17, 2012

Presents a draft of Weaver’s cultural iceberg model applied to understanding a person’s suppositions on hermeneutics…

In an earlier post, Hermeneutical Spiral and Culture, I wrote about a person’s cultural lens and its influence on understanding of biblical text. After envisioning cultural components that influence hermeneutics, I sketched out a couple of charts, or what I call cultural landscape maps, set against Weaver’s cultural iceberg model (1998). Although in draft form, I saw a fuller picture of cultural suppositions emerge through these landscape maps. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

Cultural Iceberg

Hermeneutics: External Influences of Culture


To ponder…

  • How does your cultural landscape influence the various facets of biblical interpretation?
  • Create our own cultural landscape map that influences biblical interpretation. What do you bring to biblical interpretation? How does yours differ from another person?



  • Center for Intercultural Learning. (n.d.). Iceberg model of culture. Retrieved on August 18, 2012, from http://www.international.gc.ca/cfsi-icse/cil-cai/magazine/v02n01/doc3-eng.pdf
  • Hall, E. T. (1977). Beyond culture. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books.
  • Kraft, C. (2005). Christianity in culture: A study in biblical theologizing in cross-cultural perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
  • Law, E. (2000).Inclusion: Making room for grace. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press./span>
  • Law, E. (1993). The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: A spirituality for multicultural community. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press.
  • Ramm, B. (1981). Protestant biblical interpretation: A textbook of hermeneutics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
  • Smith, D. (2002). Creating understanding: A handbook for Christian communication across cultural landscapes. Tyndale.
  • Weaver, G., (ed.). (2000). Culture, communication and conflict: Readings in intercultural relations. Boston, MA: Pearson Publications.

Jan Paron, All Rights Reserved, 2012