How to Read the Bible

There is much to say about how to read the Bible, and so much nonsense already said, that one is reluctant to open the subject. From Marcion to Thomas Jefferson and on up to the present, people have carved it up to their liking.

A high criterion for reading anything comes from the late Randall C. Reid, a professor of literature, not a Bible scholar. He taught students to drill into a text far enough to find where the writer reached his limits; where he could not answer his own questions. A text that didn’t go to this point, or a writer who didn’t challenge himself that far, could not be taken as first rate. This is the opposite of reading only to answer one’s own questions; that is an insult to any literature worthy of the name, biblical or otherwise.

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