I am sixty-eight years old and I have a terminal illness. I have studied the Bible all my adult life and I have led hundreds of group Bible studies, if not thousands. I have taught Sunday school classes and have led church small groups. I have educated myself beyond the average church teacher. I have written study guides that have been used by others in far places.
Now I am realizing that I know something about studying the Bible, but little about reading it. I may not have much time left, but this will be my focus for the next while.
Not everything in the text is reducible to points of proposition. Not everything in the text is written with a view toward the reader gathering in the meaning and internalizing it.
I want to learn to read with my guts. Watch this space.