A deliberate scholarly reading of the text demands a pause at every important term, phrase, and clause for an investigation of the original meaning and background of the passage. But, a slow prophetic listening to the text requires openness to the Spirit of God to bring to our consciousness thoughts and ideas from the passage that will guide our Christian life and speak to our everyday experience.
The stop-and-start method of research is no longer employed, but instead we read until we are struck by a particular insight, convicted by a character’s response, or encouraged by a development in the narrative. Rather than asking questions of the text, we discover that the text interrogates us. We are confronted with our shortcomings, stopped in our tracks with regard to our selfish planning, and supplied direction for our future endeavors.
 Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (280–281). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Published on Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 4:55 AM CDT