Modern-day Christians inherit a faith that is built on the foundations of that which has come before. We, too, must occupy a modern space while maintaining an ancient perspective. The earliest portions of our sacred text were written around 1500 BC, in a language we do not speak, to people whose lives looked very different from ours. But many of us choose to build our modern understanding of Scripture with no regard for the historical and cultural context that lies beneath its surface, a context that is essential for a right understanding and application of any text. The temptation to make the Bible applicable to our current experience without preserving its ties to its original audience is strong. The desire to say, “Can’t I just read the text as if it were written to me?” is great. The Bible’s historical and cultural context is there for the digging, but only those believers with a sense of their small place in redemptive history are likely to dig with diligence.