How should Bible students and scholars engage with backgrounds when interacting with the Scriptures? Are historical background the backbone of biblical interpretation? Do backgrounds provide deeper, richer, fuller applications of the biblical text? Dr. Ched Spellman says, “History is necessary, but not sufficient for the study of the Biblical book.” In the first half of their conversation, Drs. Sam Bierig and Ched Spellman discuss the use of historical backgrounds in Bible study and interpretation.
In this episode, Ched Spellman and Sam Bierig advocate for historical background minimalism and a canonical approach to the discipline of Biblical Theology.
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Ched Spellman teaches courses in biblical and theological studies at Cedarville University. The lion’s share of Dr. Spellman’s interest in teaching and scholarship is directed toward grappling with the textual and theological features of the biblical literature within the context of canon. He is also interested in exploring ways to connect the academic study of the Bible to the life of the churches. He has written several books, including Irenaeus: Essential Readings, One Holy Book, and Invitation to Biblical Theology.
Sam Bierig serves as Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Spurgeon College, and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Spurgeon College. Sam completed his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he wrote his dissertation on hermeneutics and the interpretation of the book of Proverbs. He has written a devotional on Jonah, a book for pastors titled No Neutral Words, and a book for student pastors titled Fulfill Your Student Ministry.