Wickle has made good pointwith this post, solid in fact, concerning the need for the individuals to pick up the bible instead of allowing others to merely tell them what they think it means.
Further, I stumbled upon this opinion piece today that I found informative as well.
How does Christian biblical scholarship nourish the church?
As the student of many biblical scholars who practiced their faith, I believe that it does so by giving us accurate translations and explanations of obscure customs and beliefs. It also dramatizes the extraordinary differences that the lived faith of Israel and the early church made in the world around them.
Most of all, it does so by fostering a biblical imagination — by helping us read the Bible in a disciplined way so that we become subject to the claims God makes on the church through Scripture.
Just as the Bible itself is a creative work of stories, poems, wise sayings and oracles, so also must those who
read it learn the power of metaphor and parable, of song and oracle to help us envision God’s ideal world.
Scholarship that helps us read in this way can matter because ideas matter.
Recently, I realized this more fully while editing a one-volume commentary on the Bible. Herding 40 authors with 40 perspectives, sets of expertise and kennels of pet peeves reminded me of two things.
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