23 August 2010

Biblical Interpretation 101

The first rule of biblical interpretation should be this: Do not reverse the miracle at Cana. That is, do not turn wine into water. No interpretation, exegesis, commentary, or reflection can replace the text it addresses.
--the opening lines of Gene Tucker's commentary on Isaiah in vol. 6 of the New Interpreter's Bible series (Abingdon 1994), p. 27