Interpreting Each Other

I was going to teach Bible study this past Wednesday but we ended up having a prayer meeting instead. My topic was going to be interpreting each other. I won’t post all of my notes but the long and short of it was going to deal with that just as we interpret biblical texts—and should do so as believers with a hermeneutic of charity—so we should interpret each other in like manner. In thinking through this it struck me that we’re never simply interpreting texts though. There’s always a person or persons behind the texts we’re reading. I don’t know why that never occurred to me before, but it seems so revolutionary, if not painfully obvious now. In any event, I don’t know if that lesson will end up getting taught but it is a subject I’m going to continue to work through and think about.



One thought on “Interpreting Each Other

  1. Thank you, Nick. I’ve often told people that there is a very Christian connection between understanding poetry and loving our neighbors well. We read a text to learn something, but we have to learn if from the text as it is, and as it is, it was written by a person.

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