A Satisfying Approach to the Bible

When I began accompanying a friend who is a naturalist on long walks through the woods, I soon learned that he was seeing and hearing many more things than I. Not only did he see and hear birds that I did not see or hear, but also he could identify them. They were not strangers to him. As he shared knowledge that he had acquired during the years, and particularly as he shared with me his appreciation and enthusiasm, I became more and more interested in discovering some of the secrets of nature that can be known only to one who never takes the woods for granted, one who never ceases to be thrilled by new discoveries.

My experience was much the same when I began exploring the rich treasures of the Bible, often with the aid of reliable commentaries. At first I could see only the words. But as the pattern of the Scriptures began to unfold, I understood more and more of what I read. Familiar passages continued to unfold new meanings as my thought tried words much as I would taste meat, as Elihu brought out in his dissertation to Job (see Job 34:3).

August 4, 1962

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