Interpretive Stance: Humble Attentiveness and Obedience

“We do not stand over [the Bible] as interpretive lords. We do not sit beside it as interpretive equals. We kneel beneath it as interpretive servants. The Lord looks upon the one who trembles at his Word. Therefore, the stance of biblical interpretation is humble attentiveness and the goal of biblical interpretation is obedience: ‘speak, Lord, for your servant hears’ (cf. 1 Sam. 3:9ff).”

— Scott Swain, Trinity, Revelation, and Reading (T&T Clark, 2011), p. 76.

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