What is the Ancient Near East?

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What is the ancient Near East? Is it useful for understanding the Bible? Dr. John Walton explains that without knowing the ancient background to texts, we may be tempted to fill in the gaps with our own modern cultural notions rather than the ones the biblical text assumed.

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Dr. John Walton is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. His recent research has focused on comparative studies between the Old Testament and the ancient Near East. He is a leading expert on Genesis and has a passion for teaching the text in a way that sheds light on complex issues between science and faith.

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