Bible Reading Tip #30: Reading Assumptions
Dr. James Boyce offered the following notes in his Lay School of Theology class in Spring 2012, "How the Bible Came to Us: Its Writing, Use, and Authority."
See the June 2014 Bible Reading Tip for more from this presentation.
- We all interpret when we read.
The church has from the beginning and still regularly differs in its hearing of Scripture
- We debate meaning for today.
- Experience and knowledge matter.
Meaning comes out of reading the Scriptures, community consensus, and experience
- The Bible is not first about ethics.
Ethics are conditioned by context as we are drawn into the story of God’s people, and our stories are shaped in our faithful