Brevard Childs on reading the Bible as Scripture.

“Now it is my thesis that we modern Christians have learned all too well how to read the Bible as a secular book. We have become highly skilled in studying its history and traditions, tracings its growth and redactions, and contrasting its various concepts. Yet we now find that we have difficulty hearing in it the Word of God, of being nourished on it as the bread of life, of being revived and quickened by its Gospel. We are uncertain as to what it means to understand the Bible as Sacred Scripture of the church–to stand within its tradition rather than ‘outside the camp.’ This is my concern. How does one read the Bible from within, read it as the Scripture of the church?”

– Brevard S. Childs, The Old Testament as Scripture of the Church.

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