Dr. Noel Weeks, a graduate of Westminister Theological Seminary and professor of Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Australia wrote these two blog posts about the use of historical background in interpreting the Old and New Testament, and a caution against letting Historical Information (i.e. ANE Literature) take precedence over the Biblical Text:

http://www.reformation21.org/articles/background-in-biblical-interpretation-part-1.php

http://www.reformation21.org/articles/background-in-biblical-interpretation-part-2.php