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For Self Examination Coverby Jared Byas

As lots of the bible students in America return from SBL/AAR and take again up their posts, this passage from the thinker Søren Kierkegaard, in his brief e-book For Self-Examination(revealed in 1851) got here to thoughts:

“My listener, permit me to make a confession about myself right here. I nonetheless don’t dare to be totally alone with God’s Phrase. I don’t have the honesty and braveness for it . . . Being alone with God’s Phrase is a harmful matter. In fact, you possibly can all the time discover methods to defend your self in opposition to it: Take the Bible, lock your door – however then get out ten dictionaries and twenty-five commentaries. Then you possibly can learn it simply as calmly and coolly as you learn newspaper promoting.

With this arsenal you possibly can actually start to marvel, ‘Are there not a number of legitimate interpretations? And what concerning the prospect of latest interpretations? Maybe there are 5 interpreters with one opinion and 7 with one other’ . . . So that you calmly conclude, ‘I personally am not completely positive concerning the which means of this passage. I would like extra time to type an opinion.’

Good Lord! What a tragic misuse of scholarship that it makes it really easy for folks to deceive themselves!

Sure, it appears as if all this analysis and pondering and scrutinizing would draw God’s Phrase very near us. But this deciphering and re-interpreting and scholarly analysis and new scholarly analysis is usually however a protection in opposition to it.

Herein lies the issue. It’s not a query of interpretation, however motion.”

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