No diamond yet, but I did find a real gem this morning while reading the concluding pages of Kevin Vanhoozer's book Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge. He raises the issue of the ethics of interpretation. That is, do I have a moral obligation as a reader? Is there something expected of me that I would be wrong not to do?
He concludes, “The vocation of the biblical interpreter is not simply to point at biblical meaning, but to embody it – to walk the way the Word goes” (440). I am free to read the Bible and walk away unchanged, but if that is my response then I cannot say that I have truly understood it.