Readers once more
- To the two J's.
I know about Ambrose and Augustine. But the very fact that their silent
reading is commented on means that it was unusual.
I have an inborn revolt against reading back from our contexts to the
Of course the FG is a living text for us today. But the way this text
comes alive in a congregation in Atlanta, Georgia, will be different
from the way it comes alive in Sydney, Australia, and different again
from the way it comes alive in Baghdad. Iraq, and different again in...
The various hermeneutical devices we use to explain those difference are
valid and valuable.
The problem comes, I believe, when we take our experience of the FG and
force it back into Ephesus, Asia Minor, in the first century of our era,
or to Alexandria, Egypt, or to...
I think we can know something about the intended audiences for most of
the NT documents, including the FG. I think we can know something about
the target audience and the basic aims, even when the actual human
author remains unknown to us.
I still remember the two basic questions that we used to ask of any
passage of scripture back in those good old 'group dynamics' days: What
did this text mean? What does this text mean for me and for us today?
It is the first of these questions that I have been asking of the FG.
The answers to the second question will be different for every
reader/listener in the world today. How close can we get to the answer
to the first question, which is the question I thought our discussion
group had been mostly about.
Let's keep the discussion going.
Ross Saunders from DownUnder