I am currently reading Witherington’s latest book, The Indelible Image, and came across this quote:
“…(A) text without context is just a pretext for what we want it to mean, and thus the New Testament text must be read in its historical, rhetorical, literary, social, and religious contexts.” (pg41)
Yep. I agree. Context helps to prevent twisting of Scripture to fit a purpose. While a ‘plain reading’ is allowable, is it always preferred? Shouldn’t we start to include in our readings and interpretations the context?