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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Reading Scriptures: A Transaction


"Reading Scripture" ... is not as simple as most Protestants would like to believe. Reading is a transaction, and by no means a neutral transaction. A text does not simply "say what it says," despite the rational good intentions of a sensible reader like Alice in Wonderland. We read more like Humpty-Dumpty than we would care to admit, for in reading it as a matter not only of what is written there but what we expect to find there, what we bring to the text, and what we take away from it. Reading, then, is hardly a clinical or neutral affair. There is that bewildering battery of text, context, subtext, and pre-text with which we must contend, which we in fact do automatically and subconsciously. 131

- Gomes, Peter J. 1996. The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc.

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