“But perhaps someone will say that the word ‘adoption’ is not actually found in Holy Scripture [in Luke 3, part of Augustine’s argument that Joseph was adopted and thus had two fathers, thereby explaining the discrepancy in genealogies]. As though it were of any importance what word is used for it, when the thing itself is there…” -Augustine, Christmas and Epiphany Sermons
“Sandra Richter, in The Epic of Eden, describes what she calls the “dysfunctional closet syndrome,” in which she compares the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, to a closet jam-packed with all kinds of stuff— clothes, shoes, books, games— but so disorganized you don’t know where to put things or how to find things when you need them. So we shut the door and tell ourselves that we’ll sort it all out someday. Sound familiar?” -Rankin Wilbourne
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)…” -Calpurnia to Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird
“God wants to deal with us in our situation of time and place, as he dealt with the biblical characters in theirs. So to understand his ways with us, we must understand his ways with them.” -John Stott, Understanding the Bible
In Chapter 1 of Understanding the Bible, John Stott says that Scripture is not written to satisfy scientific, philosophical, or literary curiosities, but to teach us salvation.
“Scripture bears witness to Christ not in order to satisfy our curiosity but in order to draw from us a response of faith.” -John Stott, Understanding the Bible
“once we see structure we see meaning and intention.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament