In Defense of a Defenseless Text

I am working with a PhD student on an independent study in OT poetry.  In our reading I ran across an important reminder concerning reading the biblical text.

J. P. Fokkelman writes, “The text is completely defenseless against any form of abuse; for the text, the reader is either a blessing or curse” (Reading Biblical Poetry, WJK, 2001, 207).

Since God does “smite” the one who reads “against the grain,” let’s be careful that as we read and apply the Word we are not guilty of “text abuse.”


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