We will do well to rediscover that the tensions and differences, both between the authors of Scripture and between its implied readers, may be better understood not as reductive or subversive assertions of power, but as quests for hermeneutical faithfulness to the object of the text, the intentio operis. The biblical writers unapologetically presume a readership converted, or converting on the conviction that their subject makes all the difference in the world–and that their claims for it are true. Just as unapologetically, however, some of these same writers remain markedly hospitable to a recognition and engagement with outsiders concerned to know the truth. While it is perhaps most characteristic of Luke, this epistemic hospitality ranges in fact from the magi of the New Testament’s first page all the way to its last page: there the nations are healed and bring their glory into the city of God–and they see the life-giving Word, face to face.

–Markus Bockmuehl, Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study.

Advertisements