Sep 2, 2019

Minor Characters in the Bible

Peter Mead posts here about the benefits of studying minor characters in the Bible. I generally agree on the potential benefits but one needs to careful about at least two things. First, there is a danger of over-emphasizing someone that the Spirit-inspired text presents as a minor character. In literary terms we need to be careful that we do not try to create a round character out of a flat one. Second, sometimes there is so little information recorded about the minor character that one resorts to a "sanctified imagination," eisegesis, or a study of historical backgrounds. If we are having to fill in too many blanks then one might need to go back to the first point.

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