it involves much textual work, but maybe even greater background work.
listen to this short clip showing a bit of banter between John Piper and Don Carson:
I side with Carson in this video and even want to assert that I think if one does his or her “homework” well, he or she may not need 10 hours of time in the text necessarily. I feel as if Piper is making a false dichotomy between the need for textual work and the need to do much background work. Even further, I would go opposite of Piper and think the person who does a lot of background work on the text may do better in their textual work than the person who spend all their time in the text with little to minimal background work. I say this because I feel the more one knows what is going on “around the text” that is, the better one understands the “context,” i.e., that which goes with the text, the more effectively can work and handle the text because doing textual work involves more than just doing outlines and word studies and so on. Words do not mean anything unless we know what is going on in the larger frame of things.
Well, that is how I see it anyhow… what about you?