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.
An important assumption of close reading, whether or not the text at hand is Scripture, is that every detail matters. Every detail can and should be subjected to scrutiny. One way we can subject details to scrutiny is by asking, “How else could it be said?” By asking this question we attempt to replicate the thinking that constructed the text.
Part of teaching the Church to love Bible Study is teaching them how to read the Bible closely. In that spirit, this is something I wrote a few months ago for my church's blog: As I have been teaching Romans and Galatians on Sunday mornings these last several months, I have also had occasion to…
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…
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