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Ched Spellman

Ched Spellman, PhD

Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Lead Developer of Online Bible Programs


Dr. Ched Spellman teaches courses in biblical and theological studies. His research interests include theology, biblical hermeneutics, literary studies, and the discipline of biblical theology. 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.   

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BA, Stephen F. Austin State University

Scholarly Works

  • Toward a Canon-conscious Reading of Scripture: The Legitimacy of Utilizing the Concept of Canon as a Control on the Interpretive Task (Ched E. Spellman) Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications (2012)
  • Toward a Canon-Conscious Reading of the Bible: Exploring the History and Hermeneutics of the Canon (Ched E. Spellman) Faculty Books (2014)
  • Nehemiah’s New Shadow: Reading and Rereading the Ezra-Nehemiah Narrative (Ched E. Spellman) Southeastern Theological Review (2018)
  • Current Trends in Cancer Support Within the Religious Community (Ched E. Spellman, Luke M. Tse, Andrew W. Wonders, et al.) Nursing and Palliative Care (2017)
  • The Drama of Discipline: Toward an Intertextual Profile of Paideia in Hebrews 12 (Ched E. Spellman) Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2016)

View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »

Expert Topic

Biblical Canon


  • Spending time with my wife, son, and three daughters 
  • Good coffee and good conversation
  • Reading fiction
  • Playing Blitz Chess

Why Cedarville

I enjoy working at Cedarville because it is a place that fosters a love for God's Word, a passion for the spread of the Gospel, and the pursuit of academic excellence.