Monatszitat November 2021

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 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. Thus, true interpretation is a retrospective activity of communities whose reading is shaped by the grace of God in their midst.

 

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