Monatszitat April 2018

The story that Paul finds in Scripture is an account of God's dealing with a people. Consequently, if we learned from Paul how to read Scripture, we would read it ecclesiocentrically, as a word for and about the community of faith. Scripture discloses its sense only as the text is brought into correlation with living communities where the Holy Spirit is at work. The point is not that Scripture must be made "relevant," as though its meaning could first be discerned through abstractable critical methods and then secondarily be applied by analogy to our contemporary situation; rather, the meaning of Scripture will never be understood at all until it is read in communities that embody the obedience of faith.


Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul