It is possible to read a text from a perspective that seems unnatural to the text. In doing so what we actually do is critique ourselves as readers and force ourselves to see new things in the text. There are productive and unproductive ways to do this, but it can be useful for Bible study.
Note: This review also appears in the Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies (http://rbecs.org). Check out this site for lots of book reviews by PhD candidates and early career scholars in the areas of biblical studies and patristics. Eryl W. Davies. Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-567-01306-4. I'd…