"The Bible is not a book but a library, with various types of writing in it. There is much history, but there are also symbolic stories that convey truths so deep that only a story form could convey them. (That is the true meaning of that much-abused and misunderstood word myth, very different from that of a simple fairy tale.)" -John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale, Questions of Truth , page 7
"Applying a method of interpretation to scripture passages can be a daunting task. C.S. Lewis advises us to, 'Look. Listen. Receive.' Reading and understanding the Bible is a process of discovery that goes beyond a hasty read-through. One must carefully study and seek to interpret the author's intended meaning without projecting meaning onto the text." -BioLogos.org, The Questions
For more on interpreting scripture, be sure to read "What factors should be considered in determining how to approach a passage of scripture?" from The Questions section of our Web site.